All students can benefit from Student Nutrition Programs!
Several years ago the Student Nutrition Program at my children’s school stopped serving food. The program suddenly found itself without a coordinator, and with a number of parents who felt it was unnecessary, it seemed like the breakfast program was going to end. As a teacher who was on maternity leave with my 3rd child, this was very upsetting to me as I had experienced first hand what it’s like to teach students who don’t have enough fuel to get through their day. I hadn’t planned on coordinating a Student Nutrition Program but I just couldn’t stand by and let the program fall apart. So I volunteered for the job!
Breakfast is often described as "the most important meal of the day" and we agree, for many reasons. Studies have shown a direct correlation between eating a nutritious breakfast and how students perform at school.
When I think of a school breakfast program, I visualize a child sitting at a table eating a bowl of whole grain cereal, a crisp red apple with a cold glass of milk. What I cannot see is the reason for which this child attends the program. Hunger is my guess; however, a school counsellor gave me a different viewpoint.