Two local organizations are speaking out on the importance of breakfast for school children.
Illinois No Kid Hungry and the Northern Illinois Food Bank both emphasized Tuesday the need to end childhood hunger. Rockford Public Schools utilize federal funding to offer free breakfast and lunch to all its students, regardless of income.
Both organizations say more schools in Illinois need to follow RPS’s lead.
“The Schools Breakfast Program dates to 1966, so this has been around a long time and we just don’t take advantage of it to the degree we really should in Illinois,” said Bob Dolgan of Illinois No Kid Hungry. “We’re at 42nd in terms of the rankings.”
Northern Illinois Food Bank focuses much of its effort on providing children food outside of school. RPS says they served about 140,000 breakfasts last month, an average of 7,300 each day.