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The most important meal of the day

May
15

We all know higher gas and food prices are cutting deep into our own family budgets — $65 dollars to fill up! Milk at $3.99 a gallon! — but they are also carving holes into one program aimed at helping poor kids get better nutrition.

The federal school breakfast program gives nearly 10 million children the opportunity to start their days with a healthy morning meal at school, regardless of their ability to pay. Numerous studies have shown the benefit of starting the day out with a good breakfast (Mom was right!) so it was troubling for many educators to learn lawmakers are eyeing cuts to the states’ share of the federal program to save money.

Last month, Florida lawmakers citied the economy in shelving a bill that would have mandated free morning meals by 2010 to all children attending schools where a high percentage of the students come from low-income households. In Rhode Island, legislators tried to figure out the impact of a proposal to cut the state’s contribution to their breakfast program, about $600,000, entirely.

The Washington D.C.- based Food Research and Action Center says children and adolescents who eat breakfast are significantly less likely to be overweight, since skipping breakfast is associated with a higher risk of obesity.

They also say research shows offering breakfast at school improves students’ attendance, increases their attentiveness and achievement, and reduces school nurse visits.

A full report on the benefits can be found here.

Posted by Katie Ryan O'Connor on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
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Bloggers Unite for Human Rights

May
15

For a few weeks now, some of you may have noticed the badge in our blog’s sidebar that declares today as the day that Bloggers Unite for Human Rights.

Several of us here at ice cream is not for breakfast decided to join in, writing about topics that relate to our blog topic, feeding our children.

First off, at 9 a.m., we’ll have Tracey Princiotta writing about food insecurity in the Lower Hudson Valley as the worsening economy puts more families at risk of hunger.

At 11 a.m., Amy Vernon will explain the PB&J campaign and why eating less meat is a good idea not just for your arteries, but for others who are hungry around the world.

At 1 p.m. Marcela Rojas will tell you about Bread Alone, a bakery that a nonprofit in Africa to set up bakeries giving children with HIV/AIDS access to nutritious, whole grain breads.

At 3 p.m., Katie Ryan O’Connor will examine how higher food and fuel costs are forcing school districts around the country to slash critical food programs such as free school breakfasts.

We’ll update this post as the day goes on to hyperlink to each of the aforementioned posts.

Please let us know what you think and I hope we provide you with some (pardon the pun) food for thought.

Posted by Amy Vernon on Thursday, May 15th, 2008 at 7:00 am |
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