LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Governor Asa Hutchinson recognizes a healthy breakfast can help students succeed, which is why he's declared March in Arkansas 'School Breakfast Month.'
"I was able to go to the National Governor's Association and talk about the fact that the child food insecurity rate in Arkansas declined 2.1% in 2016," said the Governor. "Arkansas now ranks 7th in the nation in percent of students participating in programs, and almost one half of our schools participate in Breakfast After the Bell programs."
The governor kicked off School Breakfast Month Monday morning at the Capitol. Education and hunger relief leaders who've helped make breakfast more accessible were on-hand to celebrate Arkansas' progress.
Since 2010, nearly half of the state's schools have rolled out a "Breakfast After the Bell" program, which supporters say removes some of the stigma of eating in the cafeteria.
"As a result, we've had an additional ten million plus dollars in school reimbursements coming from the USDA to boost those school budgets. So, another big plus!" Patty Barker, with the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, said.
Teachers also report students who start their day with breakfast have better behavior, fewer absences and fewer trips to the school nurse.
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