We believe in equality in the cafeteria.
Our vision for school meals is that no child is segregated by their family’s income and that school meal programs are part of the regular school day. 65% of Kentucky students that received free school lunch in 2016-2017 also ate breakfast at school.
Studies show that students who skip breakfast generally have slower memory recall, make more errors and are more likely to be absent or tardy and to repeat a grade. Students who eat breakfast generally have better vitamin and nutrient intake, enjoy overall healthier diets and are less prone to being overweight or obese.
Limited food budgets, challenges with early work schedules and transportation, or children who won’t eat early in the morning make it difficult for many families to provide a healthy breakfast every morning. Too often children arrive at school without the fuel they need to be active participants in the classroom.
Breakfast after the bell strategies are proven to work.
For breakfast after the bell strategies, see the No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices implementation guide.