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ACR-40 School Breakfast Week. (2019-2020)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 40

Relative to School Breakfast Week.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  April 04, 2019. ]


ACR 40, Blanca Rubio. School Breakfast Week.
This measure would proclaim March 4, 2019, to March 8, 2019, inclusive, as School Breakfast Week.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Nearly one in five California children live in food insecure households, meaning they do not have consistent access to adequate food; and
WHEREAS, California ranks 33rd in the nation in school breakfast participation, and only 39 percent of children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals are eating school breakfast; and
WHEREAS, More than 58 percent of California public school pupils qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, yet many of those low-income pupils are not eating the nutritious school breakfast offered due to barriers such as social stigma, late buses or carpools, long cafeteria lines, and tight class schedules; and
WHEREAS, Eating breakfast as part of the schoolday is associated with positive pupil behavioral health and academic outcomes such as improved concentration in class, lower rates of chronic absenteeism, fewer classroom disruptions, and less frequent visits to the school nurse; and
WHEREAS, Breakfast After the Bell programs, such as breakfast in the classroom, grab and go breakfast, and second chance breakfast, are proven meal delivery methods that boost school breakfast participation and related positive outcomes; and
WHEREAS, School breakfast participation is associated with a lower body mass index, which is an indicator of sustainable body fat, lower probability of being overweight, and lower probability of obesity; and
WHEREAS, States across the nation have introduced legislation to require that schools with a high percentage of pupils who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals implement a Breakfast After the Bell program; and
WHEREAS, If California schools increased school breakfast participation such that 70 percent of the pupils who eat free or reduced-price lunch also participated in their school’s breakfast program, an additional 335,997 pupils would receive breakfast every day and school districts would receive an additional $100 million in federal meal reimbursements for their school nutrition budgets; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature proclaims March 4, 2019, to March 8, 2019, inclusive, as School Breakfast Week; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.