Starting the Day off Right

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April 18, 2019 By: Tina Mortimer

Mornings at Hmong International Academy (HIA) in Minneapolis used to be hectic. Students would amble in the hallways. Teachers would struggle to usher kids into classrooms.  Then HIA rolled out Grab N' Go breakfast, a Breakfast After the Bell program, and everything changed. The on-the-go breakfast allows students to grab nutritious food from kiosks to eat in their classrooms. According to HIA’s assistant principal, Gao Xiong, the Grab N’ Go breakfast makes the whole day run smoother.

Making breakfast part of the regular school day, just like lunch, gives kids the fuel they need to learn and grow:

  • On average, children who eat breakfast have higher nutrient intakes than children who do not eat breakfast
  • Children who eat a healthy breakfast daily are less likely to become overweight
  • Nationwide studies show that breakfast has a positive effect on test scores, grades, school attendance and tardiness rates

Get Involved!

You can help ensure that Minnesota kids have nourishment they need to thrive. If you’re a supporter of hunger-relief work and want to do your part as an engaged citizen, contact your legislator and ask them to support Breakfast After the Bell legislation (Bill Number HF 1037).

Breakfast After the Bell is part of Second Harvest Heartland’s child hunger initiative—led by major public and private partners, and local communities—designed to ensure healthy child development through reliable access to nutritious food. This effort levels the playing field for all Minnesota’s children, building a healthy, prosperous future for our state.


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