For many kids, the meals they get at school may be the only nutritious meals they receive that day -- and when children receive proper nourishment, they are not only healthier, but they also have better school attendance and perform better academically.
Student poverty needn't be an "intractable" issue that we can't address, or that we must set aside while we "fix" public schools. Rather, our schools are microcosms of our increasingly diverse, but also increasingly unequal, country.
These waivers could do away with the new standards in vast numbers of school districts across the country. Many districts could qualify for a waiver simply by no longer reporting in their school food budget the district contributions that help support the food programs.
Hunger is a daily reality for millions of Americans, and has negative consequences for individuals of all ages. However, it is especially harmful for the development and well-being of children. Inadequate nutrition can permanently alter a child's development.
A well-balanced breakfast offers an important nutritional foundation for a productive and healthy day, at any age. School breakfast fosters success in the classroom, and also plays a critical role in helping children develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.
McGovern teamed up with Dole to improve the U.S. national school meals programs, including summer feeding. They knew that the success of this nation, or any other, depends on healthy and educated children.
CRS is reaching around 80,000 children in Mali with this food. Children can count on a hot meal of rice, peas and vegetable oil every day at school. When your family is struggling for food, this is an absolute treasure.
Ella Walsh, who taught at Cincinnati's Jackson School, saw children coming to class hungry. Times were tough. She knew they needed help. So Walsh and her assistants set up a lunchroom. The "penny lunch" program was started.
How many great runners and stories of inspiration never come to be because of hunger and poverty? This is something Paul Tergat realizes and carries with him. He made it. A helping hand was there to give him food which became the foundation of his success.
At just 17 years of age, the young Nepali climber became the first United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) school meals recipient to reach the summit of the highest peak on Earth: Mount Everest in Nepal's soaring Himalayas.
Live Below the Line is a national campaign to help alleviate extreme poverty by challenging Americans to eat and drink for less than the global poverty line -- $1.50 a day -- as 1.4 billion people on our planet must do every day.
Lots of thought and effort go into the meals we serve at home and on holidays. And, there is an equally serious and intense conversation happening right now about the profound impact that school foods have on the health of our children.
Chep Makur Chuot still remembers the first time he set foot inside the crowded school room at the Kakuma refugee camp Kenya. He was a frightened nine-year-old boy who had lost his father and his home to the conflict in South Sudan.
Back to school can be a time of adjustment. Just as students might need time to adjust to new teachers and subjects, the school lunch program might need time before it is fully accepted by students or financially successful.
These and other changes are part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. I applaud the federal government for taking this important step that allows schools to create and reinforce healthy eating habits.