I know. Bad, bad person. Breakfast is important. But I’d be lying to you if I said I ate breakfast. I’ve never cared much for it. If someone wants to hand me a pile of bacon from right out of the oven, I’m in. Otherwise, I’ll see you mid-morning.
I don’t feel the same way, of course, when it comes to my kids. I do not make them anything fancy – no eggs and bacon before school. But I do make sure they have cereal (only healthy cereal – no sugary stuff) and milk. Or yogurt and a granola bar. Protein and carbs. Enough to get them through the morning and on to a good lunch.
Kids need to eat. They need to have the fuel to succeed in school. To be healthy and grow. There’s just no other way.
I don’t have to worry about what my kids get for lunch, or dinner, because I can afford to buy groceries. And not only can I afford to buy groceries, but I can afford to buy healthy ones. The stuff that is, unfortunately for many people, too expensive, like fruit and meat and things that don’t come from inside of a cardboard box.
There are plenty of kids who aren’t going to get fruit and meat. Or any hot meal at all during the day unless they have access to breakfast at school, like this boy:
Share Our Strength provides food, supplies, and technical assistance to organizations feeding kids via summer meal and breakfast programs. They improve access to school breakfast programs. They teach families how to have nutritious meals on a limited budget.
You can help them during this season focused on feasting. Remarkably, a donation of just $18 can help a child get breakfast every day of the school year (180 days).
Set a virtual place at your table for hungry kids by taking action to support No Kid Hungry. To learn more about Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, visit their website. There you can take a pledge to help stop child hunger, or donate, or learn how to advocate for your community’s hungry kids.