LAUSD Advocates “No Kid Hungry Campaign.”
I’ve just read an article in the LA Times about an elementary school in Compton, CA. There was a kickoff event advocating serving breakfast in classrooms as part of a wonderful “No Kid Hungry Campaign.”
The ultimate goal is getting more students to eat breakfast at school. The city of Compton plans to have all 23 elementary schools taking part by Summer 2011. Since October of 2010, the number of children having breakfast in school has increased from only 110 to 430.
What’s great about this campaign is that there is already funding for this program, meaning they aren’t looking for additional funding, which is great! There’s no need to start a new program, it’s a matter of working with something that’s already in place just a bit differently. In short, it’s about schools making better use of funds already available.
The spokesman for the national No Kid Hungry Campaign has a goal of eliminating childhood hunger by 2015.
It’s an uplifting article that inspires me. We often talk about childhood obesity, but we often don’t address childhood hunger. Unfortunately, it’s more common than we might think, but fortunately, campaigns like this are fighting it and finding real solutions.
I’m most relieved in knowing that it’s a program that already has funding, and it’s simply redirecting dollars. This means it has long term potential, rather than being a short term solution.
Under legislation signed in December by President Obama, school meals will have less sugar, fat and salt, and more whole grains and fruits and vegetables. We are becoming more health conscious as a society, and having healthy snacks in healthy vending machines in schools is something we love!
Health and nutrition are imperative for living a quality life and fortunately we are getting closer to that vision. That’s what inspired me about this article in the LA Times… we are getting closer to a healthy, satiated nation.
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