Hunger in the Classroom
Statistics show that less than half of students (21 million) who receive a free school lunch eat a free breakfast. That gap must be closed. Of these students, those who are offered free breakfast may deny it is because of the isolation and self-consciousness that they feel when receiving a free breakfast in the cafeteria when many of their peers do not.
That is why there is a movement to reimagine breakfast. Instead of eating in a cafeteria, breakfast should move to the classroom and connect kids to healthy meals and social inclusion.
Some teachers say that by adopting this model, this will provide change. Educators report that students that have proper nourishment are more alert, and have a better attention span. Disciplinary issues also drop and students had fewer visits to the school nurse or office.
Childhood hunger doesn’t exist because we don’t have enough food. Rather, kids aren’t getting access to food. Everybody can play a role; communities, corporations, individuals, and state and local government in helping break down the barrier to get kids the resources they need to grow and thrive.
Heal Hunger’s No Hungry Tummies campaign is creating the first ever way for donors to put healthy snacks to replace or fill the need for a missed breakfast in U.S. schools. Teachers can sign up, create a list of desired snacks or personal hygiene items. And we will all work together to promote a solution to and end of classroom hunger.
Part of the problem is many communities are not aware that this is such a huge issue and that one in five students struggle with hunger. But everyone can do something in their community to heal child hunger.