Governor Asa Hutchinson challenges Arkansas schools to serve breakfast to more of its students.
To highlight ‘School Breakfast Month’, school leaders spoke at the capitol about the positive impact a nutritious breakfast can have on a student’s success.
Despite one in four children not knowing where their next meal will come from, Arkansas has increased its participation in school breakfast programs.
Right now, about 66 percent of high need students receive breakfast at school each day, and some of the benefits were unexpected.
“Students are asking mom to get to school on time so they can eat with friends,” Arkansas School Nutrition Association’s Kellie Simpson, said. “Nurses tell us they are seeing fewer visits mid-morning, headaches and belly aches.”
Schools aren’t serving in a traditional way either.
One Little Rock school makes smoothies, but in Rogers, students can pick up a breakfast item at a kiosk and eat at their desk.