As of today, 300,000 future artists, scientists, and innovators are eating breakfast every single day thanks to No Kid Hungry. It was last spring with No Kid Hungry challenged American schools to make breakfast part of the school day for one million kids that need it within just two years. Already, America, we are one-third of the way there! Already, 300,000 more kids have the nutrition they need to fuel their dreams.
Having been in school for teaching for 3 1/2 years, I learned all about the schools and children that need more help outside of the academic environment. And all about how what goes on outside the school affects their performance inside the school. As someone who loves children, I went on to understand how this affects their futures. Reiterating that I love children, this issue greatly affects me emotionally.
I was blessed with a great, stable, loving home life. So I don’t know what it’s like. At least, not personally. I can’t relate. Nor am I sure I can do much about it. I left the teaching world with bitter feelings. But what I can do is empathize. What I can do is help in the call to better these children’s lives.
Let me give you a mini psychology lesson. What I’m going to talk about is Moslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. It’s a chart that shows what humans need in order to achieve higher concerns. OK, let’s start with the basics. Humans can’t really think about, well, anything until their basic needs are met. Hunger, thirst, and physical safety. And we’re talking extreme. Not, “omg I’m so hungry I skipped breakfast today I can’t think about anything!” While that’s almost true, it’s not really as true as it is for someone who has skipped breakfast for the past three years.
The chart continues on about other needs after the first level that I discussed, but that’s not what this post is about, so I’ll just leave it there.
They can’t even think about anything until their basic needs are met.
Our brains can barely function until our basic needs are met.
Your student has skipped breakfast today, just like she did for the past three years of her life. How well do you think her brain will be able to work on memorizing the times tables? Yes, she’s had lunch at school. But do you think she’s had dinner at home? How can someone function on one meal a day on school days only?
I could go on and on about the potential home lives of these kids who don’t get to eat much at home. But I won’t. Because we can only focus on one issue at a time. And right now, the most important issue is breakfast. Thanks to No Kid Hungry, 300,000 more kids are able to function better in school. Their futures are that much brighter. Our futures. Their dreams are that much more achievable.
I don’t know about you, but I was psyched about this post. I am psyched to thank No Kid Hungry, and congratulate them on this achievement. I plan to stick by them and keep you updated on their doings, achievements, whatever information they offer me.
Thank you for reading. Have a great, healthy day!