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Report: WYO Needs More Chairs at the School Breakfast Table

December 10, 2009

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - It's often said breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but too many Wyoming children aren't being served, according to the new School Breakfast Scorecard from the Food Research and Action Center. While Wyoming is serving breakfast to about 9,000 students each day, as many as 14,000 low-income children eligible for the free School Breakfast Program aren't participating.

Gloria McAdam, president of Foodshare, a Hartford, Conn.-based organization working to end hunger, says the statistics prove tens of thousands of low-income children are going without a healthy start to their day.

"We all know that kids need to eat breakfast before the school day; it only makes sense that they're going to do better in school. The research actually shows that kids who eat breakfast will do better on tests and do better in their school work."

Nearly 100 percent of the breakfast costs for low-income children are covered by federal funding, says McAdam, and schools often just need a nudge from the public to put a breakfast program in place.

"Parents who are concerned, either about their own children or about other children in their neighborhood, can make a difference by advocating with their school system."

Foodshare advocates schools allow children to eat the breakfast in the classroom, since many students arrive by bus, which doesn't allow enough time visit the cafeteria.

The School Breakfast Scorecard is available at http://frac.org/pdf/breakfast09.pdf.



Deb Courson, Public News Service - WY