New program strives to get more lower-income students to eat breakfast
September 11th, 2012
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Less than half of the children in America who are eligible for a free or reduced breakfast take advantage of the USDA-provided meal. A program called "Breakfast in the Classroom" is trying to get more lower-income students to eat breakfast. The program, managed by a group of organizations known collectively as the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom, brings food to the students in class after the morning bell. That way, students don't come to school early just to eat, and they aren't rushing to get to class, skipping breakfast on the way. The program was launched in five school districts around the country and expanding to include ten more this school year.

Research suggests that there are educational benefits to eating breakfast at school, even over students who eat the meal at home. These include better attendance, behavior and higher standardized test scores.

Knox County Schools in Tennessee, which opened its doors to students on August 14, is a newcomer to the in-classroom meal program.

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  1. McDonalds_is_tasty_And_Does_not_Make_You_sick

    NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    he class room is for LEARNING. "we want the kids to eat in the classroom and give everyone food so that no one feels imbarrsed for going in early to eat breakfast' WELL GUES WHAT:If you are poor,you ARE POOR.IOf it imbarreses you,GET A JOB.IF that KID is bullyed for being poor,tell the tacher 'those kids are bullying me' or just deal with it and eat you dumb free bagel and SHUT UP!

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    September 14, 2012 at 8:20 am | Reply
  3. C'mon

    It's great that feeding kids is a priority, but is this really the best America has to offer low-income youths?? Where's the nutrition to feed their hungry brains? Why pumped them with highly refined industrial garbage that is dead, devitalized, full of sugar, and chemical laden? We should pay more for real food now so we pay less down the road for medical care and lost productivity.

    September 12, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply

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