February 4th grade news
The importance of breakfast
The relationship between academic success and breakfast has been studied extensively over the past 30 years. With mounting evidence that breakfast has positive effects on a student’s function in the school setting and their ability to learn. Sadly only 47% of children who are eligible for the free/reduced lunch program in 2010 participated in the breakfast program. (Food and research action center, 2010) The U.S Congress created the school breakfast program in 1966 to address the nutritional needs of low-income children. (United States Department of Agriculture USDA, 2012) Students who participated in the school breakfast program had high test scores and lower absenteeism as early 1987. (Meyers, Sampson, Weitzman, Rogers, & Kayne 1989) We see increased reports of depression, anxiety, and hyperactivity in children who rarely eat breakfast. Due to numerous studies linking breakfast participation to improved leaning the U.S House of Representatives encouraged all states to improve access to school breakfast in 2009, Also the healthy, hungry-free kids act of 2010 was enacted which authorized grants to state and local agencies to expand breakfast programs. (USDA 2012) Due to mounting evidence I see clearly we need to remove the barriers kids may find detouring them from the breakfast program such as either having to arrive early to school or the stigma that it’s only for low income kids. If we can extend the breakfast hours and educate the kids we will see a rise in breakfast participation along with higher standardized test scores in the very near future. Attached is the free and reduced breakfast and lunch packet, please fill out and return by 2-9-16 to start participating.
It’s a harsh reality that not all households have access to enough food for an active, healthy life at all times. In 2009 it effected aproxemently 15% of U.S households. Even though the Government supports such programs as (SNAP) the supplemental nutrition assistance program also known as food stamps, Women’s, infants and children (WIC) also the (NSLP) national school lunch program and (SBP) the school breakfast program. Children fall between the cracks and that is where food pantries and the weekend feeding programs such as the backpack program come in. Every Friday any child that signs up for the food backpack will get a backpack filled with enough food to provide the child with two nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinners along with a few snack items and fresh fruit. Some examples you may see are oatmeal, cereal, penutbutter, tuna fish, canned soups/dinners, bananas, apples, and granola bars. There is NO income requirements and you DO NOT need to provide any proof just call the office and give Miss Sue your child’s name and Grade.
- Food insecurity around us
How can it be in a country where we have plenty of food have so many families not getting enough food? Especially when we have found it has negative cognitive, social-emotional and physical consequences on a children’s development. The socio-demographic context of food insecurity shares many features of childhood poverty including low income, low education levels and female- headed households (Evens 2004) Food security is defined as the access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. Food insecurity is a growing public health problem in the United States according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA 2009) Food insecurity effects our neighbors around us, it is at the highest level since the USDA began tracking food security levels in 1995. Our school district does not have to be part of the statistics we as a whole can help our neighbors and fellow classmates by reaching out and taking advantage of our area resources. I attached along with the free and reduced lunch packet a list of resources that may be available to whomever can use it.