Students are better able to learn when their minds and bodies are nourished, studies show. But every day, more and more students arrive at school with hunger pangs.
A new study by Share Our Strength for its "No Kid Hungry" campaign found that three out of five teachers reported having hungry students, and that the problem is getting worse. Eight out of 10 public school teachers said their students come to school hungry at least once a week.
Besides being more alert, children who eat breakfast are less likely to be absent or tardy, or to cause disciplinary problems. Yet too many eligible pupils are missing out on free school breakfasts. Fewer than half of the 20 million low-income students who ate a free or reduced-price lunch last year also ate school breakfast.