SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 16, 2019– Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that its school breakfast program is projected to provide access to more than 9 million breakfasts for over 50,000 students by the end of this year. The program, a collaboration with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungrycampaign, enables schools to incorporate nutritious breakfasts into the regular school day and helps to remove hunger as a barrier to learning for students in need of a healthy morning meal. Amazon’s funding supports technology, education, advocacy and implementation in over 450 schools in local communities across the U.S. where it operates.
One in six children in the U.S. face hunger, and studies show breakfast is a critical meal to ensure nutrition and to fuel the brain for the school day. However, according to a 2019 research report compiled by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), just over half of the kids who qualify for free breakfast are actually getting it. Students who eat breakfast have higher test scores in math, perform better on standardized tests, and have improved behavior in the class. In contrast, students who skip breakfast and experience hunger generally have slower memory recall, make more errors, and are more likely to be absent, tardy or to repeat a grade.
“Kids can’t learn when they are hungry. I know that breakfast is vital to our student’s ability to focus,” said Pamela Pansa, Local Food Nutrition Service Director at Crete-Monee School District 201-U in Illinois. “Amazon’s support enables us to strengthen our breakfast program and ensure each student has access to the food they need to learn and thrive.”
“With Amazon’s commitment to fighting child hunger, No Kid Hungry has been able to accelerate its impact by investing in entire school districts to reach more under-resourced students at scale,” said Billy Shore, Executive Chairman of Share Our Strength. “The result is healthier kids, higher achievement, and a stronger workforce and economy.”
“Childhood hunger is intolerable – hunger should not be a factor affecting a child’s ability to succeed,” said Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT), Member, House Education and Labor Committee and 2016 National Teacher of the Year. “It’s imperative that children and families struggling to put food on the table have access to school meals as an additional means of nutrition and the critical support from partners like Amazon increase this access for our most vulnerable children so they have a full plate to start their day of studies.”
“At Amazon, we want all children, regardless of background, to have the resources to build their best future,” said Alice Shobe, Director, Amazon in the Community. “This is why we focus on helping to remove the most basic barriers to education.”
Traditional school breakfast programs serve breakfast in the cafeteria before school hours, which excludes large numbers of eligible students who may not be able to arrive early to school or who experience the stigma associated with free school breakfasts. Making breakfast a part of the regular school day serves all students directly in their classrooms, which means a lot more children get to eat.
School breakfast programs are a part of Amazon’s effort to address “Right Now Needs,” which include increasing access to food, shelter and basic goods for children and their families.
About Amazon in the Community
Amazon is committed to helping all children and young adults, especially those from underrepresented and underserved communities, have the resources and skills they need to build their best future. Amazon focuses on building long-term, innovative, and high impact programs that leverage Amazon’s unique assets and culture. Initiatives include Amazon Future Engineer, designed to inspire and excite 10 million children and young adults from underrepresented and underserved communities each year to pursue an education in computer science, as well as programs that support immediate needs, including fighting childhood hunger by providing access to millions of breakfasts, addressing family homelessness through donations and housing a homeless shelter in its Seattle headquarters, and global relief efforts for people in need following natural disasters.
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