National School Breakfast Weekby Representative Lois Capps
Posted on 2013-03-05
CAPPS asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
Mrs. CAPPS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of National School
Breakfast Week. We know that the simple act of a child eating a healthy
breakfast can have dramatic effects, not only on their health, but on
their academic performance.
I am cochair of the Congressional School Health and Safety Caucus, and I was honored to join the Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Campaign discussing last week, in a briefing, the importance of the School Breakfast Program.
I was proud to vote for the bipartisan Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that helped to expand the School Breakfast Program, but I'm disheartened that only about half of eligible students are participating in the program. We can do better.
I spent years as a school nurse, and I saw, firsthand, how hunger can cause children to lack focus in school, often get sick, and eventually fall behind. And that's why students are encouraged to eat, and often provided with a breakfast on the day of a big test. But we need to make sure they eat breakfast every day.
We've put the School Breakfast Program in place, and now we need to increase awareness and ensure access for all eligible students. That's why I encourage my colleagues to join me in recognizing National School Breakfast Week because, after all, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.