A basic necessity: food for our children

This month, teachers were wrapping up lesson plans and readying classrooms just as children were walking through the front door. For too many of our students, however, school isn’t just a place to learn and see their friends. Instead, school is the only place they have access to nutritious and affordable meals. Through the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs, … Read More

Back to School: Nourishing Brains and Bellies

By Jake Frydman Outreach Specialist As Kansas children head back to school, they return to an environment designed to foster growth in their developing brains. Many kids, however, also look forward to the return of a different kind of nourishment that is far too often absent over the summer months. The kind of nourishment for growing bodies that comes from … Read More

KCK Public Schools take pro-active approach to child hunger

By Shannon Cotsoradis KAC President & CEO Kansas City Kansas Public Schools recently announced that their district has begun providing breakfast and lunch to all early childhood and elementary students at no cost to students’ families. This opportunity became possible through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which was part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. CEP is an innovative … Read More

Serving up success in school with Breakfast in the Classroom

By Hilary Gee KAC Government Relations Specialist Everyone – from parents and pediatricians to policymakers and teachers – understands that kids have trouble focusing and controlling their behavior when they’re hungry.  That’s why school lunch has been a key piece of public education since 1946. Then, in 1975, the school lunch program expanded to include school breakfast, which was a … Read More

Diminishing HOPE for Kansas Families with Children

By Shannon Cotsoradis Kansas Action for Children President & CEO For struggling Kansans, state-administered safety net programs are an essential lifeline to help families meet basic needs. When the HOPE Act is fully implemented, fewer families with children will have access to pathways out of poverty in Kansas. An already minimal benefit will become more limited. Cash assistance for Kansas … Read More

Team Up for Kansas Kids

By Steve Coen President and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation Parents and educators see school-family collaboration as instrumental in creating the healthy environments kids need to succeed. When we asked Kansas parents, we discovered 86 percent are hungry for more information about school wellness guidelines and practices. But fewer than one in four are aware of an existing wellness … Read More

Working to end child hunger in Kansas

By Rebecca Gaston Kansas Appleseed Child hunger still exists in Kansas. One in five Kansas children is without access to enough nutritionally adequate foods and is considered food insecure. Approximately one-half of Kansas public school students qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school. But on weekends, holidays and other school breaks, many of these Kansas kids do not have … Read More

Healthy school meals: One teen’s take

By Sophie B. Ever since I was in kindergarten, eating healthy has been important to me. Fresh produce has always been my favorite food group. It’s also great for my health! My school lunch usually consists of a choice of a salad bar or a warm lunch. Salad is probably the healthiest option at my school. At my school, it … Read More

School meals are a good value–financially and nutritionally

By Kaye Kabus Food Service Director, Seaman School District, Topeka Children are not prepared to learn if they are hungry. It is that simple. Child nutrition programs exist to support school districts in education. Seaman Food Service has a mission statement: “To provide meal programs that meet the nutritional needs of Seaman School District students and encourage a positive environment … Read More

A big opportunity for hungry Kansas kids

By Benet Magnuson Executive Director of Kansas Appleseed Kansas is a land of feast and, sadly, a land of hunger: We grow more wheat than any other state – enough in a single year to fill a train stretching from here to the Atlantic Ocean; enough to feed 10 million families for over a decade – but we rank: 50th … Read More