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Breakfast in Classroom is an essential program

As president of the New York School Nutrition Association, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a school nutrition director in the Rochester area and a mother of two, I am disappointed to see that the Buffalo Public School District is considering discontinuing its successful Breakfast in the Classroom.

I urge the School Board to deny this request. Many of the schools in our organization offer the “BIC” program, and can attest to the impact it has made in their classrooms. Rather than taking away from instructional time, children are actually starting the day calm and ready to learn, rather than wondering when the lunch bell will ring. As for issues with classroom cleanup, many proven methods are available that have eased the concerns of teachers, custodians and administrators.

Serving breakfast in the cafeteria is simply not an option for many schools, because cafeterias are not big enough to hold a large number of students and breakfast is offered before many students are able to get to school.

With one of the highest poverty rates in the country, food insecurity is a real issue for children in Buffalo. Children can’t learn if they’re hungry.

Our organization has many experts who would be happy to provide additional resources to help both sides work together to resolve this issue so children continue to benefit from reliable nutritious breakfasts.

For more information about successful Breakfast in the Classroom programs, visit Breakfastintheclassroom.org.

Debbi Beauvais, R.D.N., S.N.S.

Rochester