More than 13 million children in the United States live in “food insecure” homes, according to research from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That means those families don’t regularly have enough food to eat, the most basic of all human needs. There is no possible excuse for children to go hungry in this country. Yet it happens - every day, in every community.
Did you know 19 percent of students experience the same food insecurity in Washington State? That means almost one in five children do not receive nutritionally adequate and safe foods.
Our state recently took a major step forward in addressing this issue by improving access to breakfast after the bell rings. Legislation went into effect this year requiring all schools with 70 percent participation in the free and reduced meal program to offer breakfast after the bell.
The results have been positive with approximately 4,000 students now eating breakfast daily.
Research shows students who eat breakfast have better attendance, improved test scores, and are more likely to do better in school. Children often miss out on school breakfast because of barriers such as transportation or social stigmas. KSD Nutrition Services Director Teresa Fields adds “breakfast after the bell is beneficial and provides an opportunity for students who would not have time to get breakfast in the morning before the start of the school day.”
All breakfasts are prepared in our central kitchen and delivered fresh each morning to our schools. KSD is also offering a gluten-free breakfast option.
Students can start the school day with the fuel they need to be successful academically, emotionally, and physically.
Providing breakfast aligns with our core value of equity for all students by offering access to the most basic need– food. When students are not hungry, they can focus on learning and being successfully prepared for their futures.