Second Annual Wisconsin School Breakfast Report
“Fueling kids’ minds, development and esteem with a nutritious meal at the start of the day will have a huge impact on their ability to succeed inside and outside the classroom.” – Sherrie Tussler, Hunger Task Force Executive Director.
We’ve heard it time and again: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Yet every morning, hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin children start their day with an empty stomach. Research has shown that hungry students have poorer academic and health outcomes. But, children who eat breakfast are absent from school less often, have a decreased risk of being overweight, exhibit better behavior, and score higher on math and reading assessments.
Thanks to the support from the No Kid Hungry Campaign, thousands more children in Wisconsin are starting their school day with breakfast. Hunger Task Force has worked with over 50 schools in Wisconsin to implement alternative breakfast models. By moving breakfast from before the school day and in the cafeteria, to after the first bell and in the classroom, all kids are able to start their day on an even playing field.
This is why Hunger Task Force produced the Second Annual School Breakfast Report. The report analyzes childhood poverty, school breakfast access, and school breakfast participation in districts across Wisconsin. This report also provides individual scorecards for 20 select school districts. See how your district measures up and read customized recommendations districts can use to ensure more hungry students start their day with breakfast!
“We know kids need fuel each morning to learn, and in school district after school district we’ve seen the difference Breakfast in the Classroom can make,” said Adrienne Allen, Director, No Kid Hungry, Social Innovation Fund. “We’ve talked to teachers and school staff who have seen breakfast transform their students’ lives. Some who initially had reservations now tell us it’s the best thing that’s happened in their classroom.”
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