Food Security: The GWC works with students, parents, education activists and families to establish universal breakfast programs in classrooms across the state. We want to extend our past victories to establish serving breakfasts in classrooms, in order to expand the access the breakfasts. We have worked with allies to shorten the SNAP application for seniors and we want to make the application more accessible for everyone.
The School Breakfast Coalition provides resources and support to help in this effort.
At their website, http://schoolbreakfast.wordpress.com/, you can also view the video testimony of school nurses, social workers and other community leaders touting the benefits of universal school breakfast programs such as:
improved student behavior
reduced school nurse visits
improved ability of students to focus during the school day
All these benefits accrue just by providing proper nutrition at the start of each school day for the students of Rhode Island's neediest families.
A study in the journal Pediatrics shows that the children of families who participate in Low-Income Heating Energy Assistance Programs experience better health and improved nutrition.
This report produced by The Rhode Island Community Food Bank documents the extent of food insecurity and hunger in the state.
To work with us, please call us at (401) 728-5555.