A survey of North Carolina teachers and principals found that one in four children in the state face hunger, and only half of them are taking part in school breakfast programs. Helen Roberts with the organization No Kid Hungry North Carolina says that’s about 600,000 children.
Late buses, conflicting schedules, and the stigma attached with eating breakfast in the cafeteria are causing a lot of students to miss the most important meal of the day.
Roberts believes it’s now time to rethink serving breakfast at school.
“Many schools in North Carolina have found that moving breakfast out of the cafeteria and making it part of the school day, ensures that kids can start their day with a healthy meal.”
Roberts and No Kid Hungry North Carolina is challenging all schools in the state to provide healthy items students can grab on their way to class. Some schools have already implemented what’s known as Breakfast After The Bell to help ensure students get the most important meal of the day.