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Feeding hungry kids should be top priority

Buffalo’s Breakfast in the Classroom is a shining example of helping every student in the district overcome a very real obstacle to learning – hunger. Hunger interferes with children’s ability to learn, grow and stay healthy. That’s why Food For All is distressed to hear this program may be in jeopardy.

It may surprise you to learn that children in Buffalo go hungry every day. One in five of our children live in families where parents must choose between paying important basic needs and buying nutritionally adequate food. Hunger is a reality for many students, as 86 percent of Buffalo School District students qualify to receive free and reduced meals. Breakfast in the Classroom responds to this tremendous need by ensuring every student can start the day with a healthy meal.

School breakfast not only helps prevent childhood hunger but also provides the proper nutrition necessary to be successful in school. According to research by Deloitte and Touche, kids who eat school breakfast score higher on tests, are more likely to graduate high school and less likely to experience hunger as adults.

Teachers throughout the country praise the benefits of such programs, including student attentiveness, fewer visits to the school nurse and improved classroom behavior.

Food For All encourages the Buffalo School Board to continue to support the children and families it serves by offering Breakfast in the Classroom.

Kelly Ann Kowalski

Food For All

Buffalo