Breakfast for Better Days: Help Put an End to Kids Going Hungry in Class This Fall. #FeedingBetterDays
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. 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.
It is so sad to have children go to school without breakfast. Some school have breakfast program but not al. Every school should have a program. I shared the video.
Thanks Carole! <3
Yum, I love breakfast and look forward to my daily meals. Having a tasty and fun breakfast with my family is the best.
Yes, that is why it is important that all kids have that, right?
This is a great focus; great efforts for a good cause.
Also thanks for the information.
There is nothing more important than helping kids get the nutrition their growing bodies need which Is why this campaign to increase awareness of hunger in classrooms is so important! I shared the video and hope that the more awareness about this grows the more breakfast partners will team up to feed these kids. Thanks for sharing!
Thank-you so much for sharing this video! It is so important to spread awareness.
It is so sad that there are hungry kids in our communities. People throw out so much food that could be used. I donate to the local food bank every month.
That is amazing to do! It is very sad!
It is so sad that there are so many hungry people. I always send a few extra snacks for the teacher to give out if there are any kids that are hungry.
That is so kind to do!
We have a great breakfast for learning program at the kids school. It has really helped make a difference for the kids in the community.
It makes a huge difference!
I like to support any programs that help combat child hunger. It is terrible to see kids go hungry.
I agree, it is terrible!
Helping hunger is important. Its good to find anyway to help.
So very true!
Breakfast is one of my favorite meals!! I highly support it and try and make sure my kids get all they need.
That is great, thanks for sharing!
what a great cause. i remember we used to have breakfast at school and it was so many kids and parents who really appreciated it. it was so helpful
Definitely helpful. That is why I love to give back when we can.
It,s so sad but NO child should go to School hungry.We have a wonderful program in our School District which provides a hot lunch to any child who wants it.
That is amazing. We can all do our part too, it simple to donate or to even just buy a box of Kellogg’s to send a portion of the proceeds to programs like this!
It’s time to take a sec to donate to a breakfast program in your area,we want all kids with full bellies.
I totally agree Kathy.