Are the Kids Hungry?
As we’ve heard for much of our lives, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately, many students in San Mateo County show up to school hungry. Schools that participate in the National School Meal Lunch Program have the option to receive additional funding to offer students breakfast, snack and even supper in addition to lunch. A report from 2017 by Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties highlights that while one-third of the students in both counties are eligible for free or reduced price meals, only 36% of those eligible students ate breakfast at school. Creative strategies, such as breakfast in the classroom, allow students to receive breakfast after they arrive at school and could help to address the issue of student hunger.