By Jeff Palermo
Governor John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards encourages schools to participate in the school breakfast challenge to help reduce childhood hunger. Donna Edwards says schools that take action and make sure kids eat breakfast can win up to one-thousand dollars in cash and other great prizes.
"I'm really reaching out and begging our school superintendents to grab a hold of this program," Edwards said.
Edwards says research shows one in four children in Louisiana struggles with hunger. The First Lady knows as a former teacher that if children have a healthy start to their day, it will lead to better results in the classroom.
"They do better on tests and have fewer discipline and health problems and they are more likely to graduate from high school," Edwards said.
Schools can register online at Louisiana-school-breakfast-dot-org. Edwards says the Breakfast Challenge is part of the No Kid Hungry Louisiana Initiative. The First Lady says a pilot program started in Orleans Parish in 2010 and there has been a 60-percent increase in school breakfast participation rates.
"I saw it, it was so easy, the lunch workers were there watching, but the kids in this particular school have been doing this for four years and the teachers go straight to their classroom and they eat."
For more information go to https://la.nokidhungry.org/schoolbreakfast