Improving Student Achievement, Health Through Improvements to School Breakfast

Thursday, March 5, 2015

(Sacramento) – With a single piece of legislation, AB 1240, state legislators took a bold step today to boost academic performance, revitalize California’s limited school breakfast program and more effectively manage existing funding. AB 1240, introduced by Assemblymembers  Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond), calls for  practical fixes to improve access to the  school breakfast program and ensure more students start their school day well-nourished and ready to learn. 

“Even students with the best teachers and curriculum will struggle to learn if they come to school hungry,” said Assemblymember Rob Bonta. “Research has consistently shown that hungry kids can’t focus at school, making it difficult for them to be productive and engaged students. By giving students the basic opportunity to nourish themselves and thrive in a positive educational environment, AB 1240 offers a simple solution to help address California’s achievement gap.”