Starting off the day with a healthy breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but far too many Pennsylvania children are going without it.

Many students who would otherwise go hungry are getting healthy breakfasts at school. Still, only about 50 percent of kids eligible for school breakfast are actually getting it.

That's why Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed a state investment of $2 million in school breakfast in order to draw down $20 million in federal funds that would allow even more kids to start their school day off with a nutritious meal. The initiative would help schools adopt and expand programs that work, like breakfast after the bell, breakfast in the classroom, and grab-and-go models.

Take a moment to urge your state lawmakers to support the governor's school breakfast initiative.

No Kid Hungry infographic

Gov. Wolf included the school breakfast initiative in his 2017-18 state budget proposal, which also allocates funding increases of $100 million for basic education, $75 million for early childhood programs, and $25 million for special education.

Educators and parents have praised the school breakfast initiative.

"Kids need to be fed, healthy, and focused if they're going to learn, and breakfast is an extremely important part of that equation," said Jerry Oleksiak, a middle school teacher and president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association. "Students who eat breakfast miss fewer school days and show better results in their classrooms. The governor's school breakfast proposal is a smart investment."

 

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