March 19, 2018
Mississippi Breakfast in Schools Report out
JACKSON, MISS — Knowing that students who are hungry aren’t as likely to succeed in school, the Mississippi Association of Educators joined other groups in a push to increase the capacity of public schools to offer breakfasts to all students. The Mississippi Center for Justice recently released the Mississippi Breakfast in Schools Report for the school year 2016-17, which shows progress in our quest to make sure students aren’t hungry.
From the report…
Children from low-income households are more likely to experience food insecurity. Research
shows that access to school meals can improve students’ dietary intake and give them the nutrition they need to start their school day focused and ready to learn. In short, school meals, such as school breakfast, are critical to the healthy development and academic achievement of students. The academic and health benefits of school breakfast are undeniable. Participation in the School Breakfast Program has been linked with better test performance; fewer cases of tardiness, absenteeism, and disciplinary problems; fewer visits to the school nurse; improved overall
dietary quality; and a lower probability of overweight and obesity. Low-income students in particular benefit from participating in school meal programs. (For more information on the benefits of school breakfast, see the briefs from FRAC: Breakfast for Learning; Breakfast for Health; and The Connections Between Food Insecurity, the Federal Nutrition Programs, and Student Behavior.)
In light of the large and growing body of research supporting the link between school breakfast and academic success, education stakeholders, including the Mississippi Association of School Administrators and the Mississippi Association of Educators, are making concerted efforts to improve the reach of the School Breakfast Program.
(Photo credit: Mississippi Center for Justice)