Tens of thousands of students will get free breakfasts next school year, after the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board voted 7-1 for a program that aims to improve academics by fighting hunger.
“We all know you can’t teach a hungry child,” Cindy Hobbs, the district’s executive director of child nutrition, told the board.
The universal breakfast program, part of a national movement, uses federal money to provide morning meals for all students, regardless of family income. The goal is to eliminate the stigma of picking up a free breakfast, which had been offered only to students from low-income homes. Some studies indicate that eating breakfast improves behavior, attendance and academic performance.
Sausage biscuits, pizza bagels, cereal and other breakfast items will be offered, along with fruit and milk.