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Commentary: The Dude wants a healthy breakfast served at school

LA School Report | May 13, 2015

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Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges as The Dude in “The Big Lebowski”

By Rob Bonta and Jeff Bridges

It’s hard being a kid. There’s class work, homework and, in some cases, part-time work.

It’s even harder being a hungry kid. Imagine trying to focus on an important lesson with an empty stomach. How well would you perform?

Now multiply that feeling by 4.3 million.

That’s the number of California students who are missing out on school breakfast each day. At least 2.2 million of these kids live in hard-working, low-income households where it’s already a battle to make ends meet. Every student has the right to a quality education, and hunger should not deprive them of that right. When our kids don’t get a nutritious start to their day, the quality of their education declines and California suffers.

Now, let’s talk economics. Failing to serve breakfast at school is a poor use of existing resources. When kids don’t get school breakfast, many of our most challenged schools lose out on federal funding, undermining local economies and our children’s long-term success.

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