Like most of you, I start my day with breakfast – my mom always told me it was the most important meal of the day. But for about 305,000 children in Virginia, this isn’t a possibility. These kids start their days off hungry.
Can you imagine trying to learn in school with a growling stomach? It’s no surprise that studies show kids who struggle with food access struggle to learn which impacts their whole life. Every kid should get a strong start, and there are proven programs to address this problem. Free or reduced school breakfast programs are an effective way to help hungry kids to feel better and learn more in school.
We should invest in our future by prioritizing such programs which fight childhood hunger. Let’s give children a fair shot at life – not just because it is a smart investment but also because it is the right thing to do.