Advocates who are striving to eliminate child hunger want cafeterias to serve breakfast after the bell at school and also serve healthy foods such as fruits, 100 percent juice, and milk.
In Oregon, a new campaign called “Lets Do Breakfast, Oregon!” is striving to get kids to sign up for the school breakfast program and reduce barriers to breakfast participation. Although nearly 62 percent of Portland’s low income students eat breakfact at school, state officials would like to see more enrolled.
“We’re asking teachers and school administrators to help reduce barriers to breakfast,” says Annie Kirschner, program director for the Portland nonprofit Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. “A lot of times, simply serving breakfast after the bell rather than before increases the number of kids eating.”
The Oregon Dairy Council and Oregon Department of Education are sponsoring the program along with Kirscher’s non profit group.