Kellogg’s Survey Reveals the Reality of Hunger in Canadian Classrooms

With another school year on the horizon, it’s time to shift the focus back to learning – but students can’t flourish and thrive in the classroom if they’re starting their day running on empty. A recent Kellogg’s survey of active teachers across Canada reveals Canadian children may lose up to three months of learning time each year due to hunger.

Kellogg’s Breakfasts for Better Days Survey reveals that one in seven Canadian children is at risk of going to school on an empty stomach, having not eaten anything for breakfast – which experts agree is the most important meal of the day. Nearly half of all teachers (44%) see children arrive at school hungry every day. In fact, 88% of teachers report the problem has not gotten any better over the past two years, with 25% of childhood educators saying it has gotten even worse.

The net result of hunger in the classroom is lost education. Over a third of teachers believe children who arrive at school hungry lose between 1 to 2 hours of valuable learning time each day. This can add up to 388 hours or 65 school days of lost learning each school year.

Determined to ensure no child goes to school hungry and every child is set up for success, Kellogg Canada is doing its parts to help by raising awareness of the issue of lost education. Canadians everywhere are encouraged to share the above infographic on their social networks using #Lost Education.

For more than 10 years Kellogg has supported breakfast clubs across Canada and this year, the company is committed to donating even more and making it easier than ever for Canadians to buy a box and help feed children and families who need it the most. For every box of cereal sold, Kellogg Canada will donate $0.05, to a maximum $50,000, to its breakfast partners across the country. This is in addition to the more than one million dollars donated to breakfast clubs from coast to coast.

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