3 out of 4 public school teachers say that students regularly come to school hungry. 81% say it happens at least once a week.
“The problem of hunger leads to all these other problems. It has a snowball effect. These students fall behind and they never really catch up.”
— Tony Notarides, elementary school teacher
Educators agree that kids need to start the day with a healthy breakfast in order to do well in school. But though nearly every school offers breakfast, 50% of teachers still say the problem has increased.
Some schools have figured out better ways to feed kids.
see kids paying better attention in class
see improved attendance
see fewer disciplinary problems
“This is the first year we’ve had a free breakfast program [in the classroom] for all students. Not only are we feeding their physical needs, we're feeding their emotional needs. The light turns on; they’re able to function in the classroom.”
— Margot Shaver, elementary school teacher