The national anti-hunger campaign No Kid Hungry has announced five winners of its 2018 Breakfast Hero contest. The new contest was launched during National School Breakfast Week in March to celebrate champions who make school breakfast possible for kids in need. The winners include educators and administrators from school districts across the country who were nominated by members of their local community.
Locally, Jamie Hill, Principal at Pelham elementary School was named 2018 No Kid Hungry Breakfast Heroes:
Last year Principal Hill decided to pilot breakfast in the classroom to make sure that the students at Pelham Elementary had every opportunity to start the day with breakfast.
“Principal Hill is passionate about making his school a hunger-free refuge for his students,” said Madison Wall with the Tennessee Justice Center. “When you speak with him, it’s clear that he has tremendous compassion for his students.”
1 in every 5 kids in Tennessee face hunger; 95% of students at Pelham Elementary School are eligible for free and reduced price meals.
Research shows that hunger has long-term ramifications on children, including lower test scores, weaker attendance rates, and a higher risk of hospitalizations and chronic diseases. No Kid Hungry and its partners focus on school breakfast as a critical way to end childhood hunger.
Accessing traditional cafeteria breakfast service can be challenging for many kids. Breakfast After the Bell provides breakfast in a way that is more convenient and accessible to students, resulting in more kids starting the day ready to learn.
Each winner will receive a prize package from No Kid Hungry, and will be recognized with a banner to be displayed in their school.