National Education Association Health Information Network
1201 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202 822-7570
Web Site: http://www.neahin.org
Childhood hunger is one of the nation`s most serious problems and has profound negative effects on children`s health, mental health, development, and learning. In 2009, over 17 million childrenóone in fourólived in food insecure households where their families faced a constant struggle against hunger. In 2010, in order to help address the problem of children`s hunger, NEA HIN joined with three other national partners and received funding to start a Breakfast in the Classroom Program. It has been shown that children who eat breakfast perform better in school, have fewer absences and discipline issues, test better, and show many other positive effects. So, during Year 1, in collaboration with its partners, NEA HIN brought the breakfast program to low-income schools in five districts--Dallas, Little Rock, Orange County (FL), Memphis, and Prince George`s County (MD). Year 2 began in September, 2012, with schools in Charleston (SC), Denver, Des Moines, Elgin (IL), Greensboro (NC), Louisville, Kansas City (KS), and Knoxville.
Teachers love the program because it is easier to teach kids who aren`t hungry, and kids love the program because they can start the day with a good breakfast under their belts. With the Breakfast in the Classroom Program, breakfast is served to all children, regardless of income, so there is no stigma attached. All kids who need a good breakfast get one, and the response has been amazing. In the program`s first year, 10,000 additional children were served breakfast than would have received it had the program not been offered. NEA HIN is proud to help address the problem of children`s hunger by bringing them Breakfast in the Classroom.