Hungry children may lose up to three months of learning time each year, survey says

By Amanda Bloye on September 23, 2014

  

No one understands the impact not eating breakfast has on students in the classroom more than teachers, which is why Kellogg’s went straight to the experts for their most recent survey.

Conducted by Kellogg’s, the Better Breakfasts for Better Days survey polled 420 teachers across Canada. According to the results, one in seven Canadian children are at risk of going to school on an empty stomach, having not eaten anything for breakfast. When a student is hungry, 85 percent of those surveyed say the student is unable to concentrate and 53 percent say that a hungry student is unable to learn.

“As a teacher you strive to give your students the tools they need to succeed and achieve their potential, but when they arrive hungry it makes it so much harder,” says Michelle Conway, elementary school teacher and a former Canadian gymnast who competed at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 when she was 16 years old.

Students who arrive to school hungry are at risk of losing between one to two hours of valuable learning time each day. This adds up to 65 school days of lost learning each year.

Determined to ensure no child goes hungry, Kellogg Canada is doing its part to help. As part of the company’s Better Breakfast for Better Days commitment, they will donate one billion servings of cereal and snacks, half of which are breakfast, to children and families in need by 2016. They also support numerous breakfast clubs across Canada.

*Cereal photo credit: Jan Willem Geertsma at www.sxc.hu

By Amanda Bloye| September 23, 2014

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