Breakfast for Better Days.
The thought that there are children going to school hungry, breaks my heart. It is my full belief that kids should be going to school to learn and grow. Every child should have access to that morning fuel that gets their bodies moving and minds working. They should be hungry to learn, not hungry for nourishment. But, we can all do our part to help feed better days and brighter tomorrows.
It may come as a surprise but, did you know that one in five Canadian kids are at risk of starting the school day on an empty stomach due to a lack of access to breakfast food? That is a lot of kids going hungry, lacking focus and in turn, having a deep and negative effect on their daily lives.
45% of teachers reported that kids who regularly miss breakfast lose, on average, 132 minutes of learning time every day. That’s four months per year or nearly five years of lost learning from Kindergarten through grade 12! That lost time can make a huge difference when it comes to their educational careers. You can read more statistics illustrated in this infographic.
The Impact of Hunger on Students is Intangible:
- 92% are less likely to participate
- 90% are unable to concentrate
- 60% are frequently disruptive
How Teachers Help:
- 42% of teachers bring extra food to help hungry students
- 38% have introduced students and families to resources such as breakfast clubs
- 97% of teachers working in a school with a breakfast club have noted a positive impact in students
Help to Put an End to Kids Going to School Hungry.
I’ve partnered with Kellogg’s Canada to help raise awareness and to illustrate how much kids struggle when they don’t have enough breakfast, I made the video above. I read a statistic in reverse to show the difficulty kids face when they go to school hungry. Please share it with your family and friends–it would be amazing!
If you have followed me for some time, you’ll know that I came to Canada really young. We were legal immigrants and we had to start anew in a brand new country. Thankfully, we had the blessing of being introduced to many resources that helped us get onto our feet and one of those programs was a Breakfast Club in our school.
We were able to have a great start to the day and in turn, do well in school. Now with my daughters, I am very happy to help out any time I can when their school hosts breakfast cereal drives. These cereal drives directly help these same schools in our city with the same breakfast programs that I benefited from.
If you want to help, you can take part in the ‘Buy a Box and Help Give a Child Breakfast’ program. For every box sold Kellogg’s will donate a portion of the proceeds (up to a maximum of $100,000) to their breakfast partners across Canada.
Please help this cause by increasing awareness of the reality of hunger in Canadian classrooms. Join the conversation #FeedingBetterDays and share the video above on social media today!
Did you know that hunger existed in our own back yards?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.