Blog Post 2
Gallimore, E. (2016). Turning classrooms into cafeterias to boost learning. Newswire. Retrieved from https://aminewswire.com/stories/511017788-turning-classrooms-into-cafeterias-to-boost-learning
As many as 30,000 schools in Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah have been awarded a grant totaling $7.5 million to take breakfast out of the cafeteria and bring it into the classroom. Breakfast in the Classroom is a program that is associated with the School Breakfast Program which provides funding to states that operate nonprofit breakfast programs in schools and residential childcare organizations.
It is known that breakfast can improve school academics, yet some students who qualify for the School Breakfast Program do not participate in it. Research has shown that students are self conscious to eat breakfast in the cafeteria because of the stigma that “only poor kids do that.” Additionally, many students do not have enough time or are too busy with before school activities to eat in the morning. Therefore, providing breakfast to students in the classroom can eliminate the stigma and time constraints associated with low breakfast participation rates. The Walmart foundation has provided funding to schools in now seven new states throughout the U.S. to implement the Breakfast in the Classroom Program.