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Community eligibility: an exciting opportunity to
fight child hunger in Alabama
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The reason I keep writing about this subject is
maybe some of you don’t quite understand. Politicians do speak
in, let’s say, not plainly understood non-facts; in circles shall
This is fact - many politicians, mostly
governors, have decided purely on a partisan basis they do not have
money to help sick children. You can call it other things, such as
Medicaid expansion, whatever. It’s sick people they can’t
afford to help.
But, these same people never one time voice a
word of resistance against America sending billions upon billions of
dollars to foreign dictators. Much of that money that is sent to
foreign countries, your money, is never accounted for…billions.
But then when it comes to American children
needing some of that money for just a doctor’s visit, it’s
‘Oh no, we can’t afford that.’
They, those governors, powerbrokers, can speak
loud and clear about that - about American children. They can make
plenty of excuses. Well, they can go to the emergency room, or maybe,
‘Let them eat cake’. Then you and I pick up the tab again,
while plenty of our money goes to dictators. Besides, that stuff about
going to the emergency room has so many flaws you would not
I don’t know about you fellow Americans,
but I had rather my money go to help American children than foreign
dictators, who manage to live in big, big mansions and live a shameless
luxurious life like their American benefactors. All while American
children just ask for money for a doctor’s visit…FACT.
Nadine Hood Overstreet
As Alabama children head back to school this
month, many will be able to leave their lunch money at home. Nearly
143,000 children in more than 20 high-poverty school districts can eat
free breakfast and lunch this fall thanks to a new program called
This program is an exciting new opportunity
to help our children learn and thrive. Schools with significant numbers
of low-income children can use the community eligibility option under
the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 to provide free school meals
for all their students, regardless of income.
Nearly one in five students in Alabama
public schools will benefit this year from this effort to fight hunger
and promote the academic success associated with daily school breakfast
and lunch. Huntsville, Mobile County and Montgomery are just three of
the many places across the state with schools that will participate.
Childhood hunger is a significant barrier
to learning, especially in high-poverty states like Alabama, where more
than one in five families with children do not always have enough food.
Children who miss breakfast are more likely to have behavioral,
attention and emotional problems and to have poor cognitive functioning
than are children who eat breakfast at school.
Accessible and healthful school meals help
children do better in school and in life. Children who eat school
breakfast eat more fruits, drink more milk and consume a wider variety
of foods than do children who skip breakfast or eat breakfast at home.
Studies have found that children who eat breakfast closer to testing
time perform better on standardized tests than do students who skip
breakfast or eat breakfast at home. Free school breakfast and lunch
help ensure all children get the nutrition they need to learn and
Community eligibility increases the number
of children who eat meals at their schools. The program was piloted in
11 states, including Florida and Georgia, and data from the first two
years show that 13 percent more children ate lunch at school than in
the year before, and 25 percent more ate breakfast.
One benefit of community eligibility is
that, because all children are eligible, schools can serve breakfast in
non-traditional ways, such as breakfast in the classroom or breakfast
kiosks. Breakfast in elementary classrooms, where children and teachers
eat together, improves learning and reduces disruptive behavior. And
offering breakfast at “grab-and-go” kiosks can help improve
learning and behavior in high schools where traditional breakfast
participation is often low.
Community eligibility will help working
families whose children did not previously receive free or
reduced-price meals. For example, AL.com reported that the program
could save some parents of children in Chickasaw City Schools between
$360 and $405 a year. That money could help boost the state’s
retail economy or help families save more for college or retirement.
This new program allows eligible schools to
fight child hunger while saving on costly, time-consuming paperwork.
That allows educators to focus on what is most important:
Community eligibility may not be a fit for
every school, but all eligible schools should take a close look to see
if the program is right for them. Schools still have until Aug. 31 to
decide whether to participate in community eligibility this year, and
we hope even more schools will opt in before then.
Meanwhile, we congratulate the schools that
will feed all their children no-cost meals this year and look forward
to a great school year for everyone. Enjoy breakfast and lunch, kids!
Policy Analyst for
Arise Citizens’ Policy Project