Missouri Schools Place Importance on Breakfast
KANSAS CITY - KOMU 8 News learned Tuesday a new study by the Food Research and Action Center shows Missouri making some progress in ending hunger among schoolchildren. The School Breakfast Scorecard report has found nearly 54 percent of Missouri pupils who participate in the school lunch program also get breakfast at school.
The results show an increase in a few percentage points from a year ago. However, Jeanette Mott-Oxford with the Missouri Association for Social Welfare says many children still may be starting the school day hungry.
"One out of five Missouri households lives on less than $17,000 a year, so stretching dollars to cover all of the truly basic human needs is a real challenge for lots of our neighbors."
The increase in participation in the breakfast program shows Missouri schools are making an effort to end hunger in the school district.
In the report, the Food Research and Action Center said, "School breakfast participation is linked to improved nutritional intake and decreased food insecurity, as well as a lower probability of overweight and obesity.
Missouri also stands to gain $15 million in federal funding if it increases the breakfast participation to at least 70 percent of the number of kids who also get free and reduced lunch.