Most Californians Support Serving Breakfast to Students During School Day

Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, April 9, 2015

California voters strongly support serving breakfast to students during the school day, with most linking a nutritious morning meal to improved academic achievement, according to a new statewide poll.

The Field Poll found that two-thirds of California registered voters surveyed supported a proposal to require campuses to serve breakfast during class hours rather than before, as most schools currently do. Three-fourths said breakfast would improve academic performance and favored using existing federal funds to pay for the meals.

Support was strong across age, gender, ethnicity and geography in the telephone poll of 1,251 registered voters.

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Los Angeles Unified launched a “breakfast in the classroom” program in 2011 and now serves 340,000 students daily at 614 elementary, middle and high schools.

The initial rollout prompted hundreds of complaints from teachers about an increase in vermin, food spills, wasted class time and student rejection of the food. In a 2013 United Teacher Los Angeles survey, 88% of 729 educators said they wanted to shift the program from their classrooms to the cafeteria.

Those concerns have not been entirely addressed, according to union spokeswoman Suzanne Spurgeon.

But at Stanley Mosk Elementary in the northwest San Fernando Valley, the program has been a huge success, said Principal Barbara Friedrich. She said up to 90% of the schools’ 562 students eat the classroom breakfast every day, compared to far lower participation when the meal was served before school or during the first recess. She credited the program with increasing student focus and sharply reducing complaints of headaches and stomachaches from as many as 20 a day to nearly none today.

Friedrich said it takes only about 15 minutes to get through breakfast and that teachers direct students to use the time productively by watching educational videos, write in journals or work on other assignments while eating. Food not consumed is shared at the school’s parent center, reducing waste, and vermin has not been a problem since trash-filled bags are removed and replaced daily, she said.

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  • They want breakfast during class time. They already have lunch. There are serious proposals to do supper at school. Health care services. Social services. This and that.

    Seems like everything but actual education happens at NAM schools.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Oh they love eating free food while they hang out in free daycare complaining about everything free they get.

      How about a study or two to see what the academic impact has been? What is the % improvement of academic outcome vis-à-vis the increased spending of this new fantabulous program that’s gonna fix all the problems?

      Only the holy military is a bigger social engineering/wealth redistribution scheme than the boondoggle of ejucayshun. The GOP’s giant contribution to cultural (and eventually economic) Marxism. We won the Cold War, you know.

      Marxists to the left of me, Marxist enablers to the right. Into the valley of politically mandated genocide ride the sons and daughters of once fair and proud Europa.

      • Whitetrashgang

        I myself can wait to vote for Hillary, although I would prefer to vote for bear, either a black one or brown doesn’t matter.

  • John Smith

    Just give’em a burrito – like they’d get a home.

    • BloodofAlbion75

      The last thing we should be doing is feeding Mexican kids during class.An increasingly large majority of them are fat enough the way it is.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Breakfast???? Last I heard, that state doesn’t even have any water.

    • Brefuss.

    • KenelmDigby

      A Mexican breakfast = A cigarette and a glass of water.

      • BloodofAlbion75

        You have your information wrong,KD.A real Mexican breakfast consists of the following: One glass of stale beer, two shots of tequila,two marijuana joints and an overflowing plate of enchiladas stuffed with cheese they made in their bathtub.

    • They’re busily drying out the Klamath River, killing the salmon there, just so big agribusiness can grow almonds to sell in China. It takes about a gallon of water to produce one almond. If California was any more f****d, the state would be pregnant.

  • Hilis Hatki

    Well you would not want them to sleep through class on a empty stomach.

  • Chip Carver

    This “poll” is just another lie like so many others. White folks in CA, who are leaving in droves, are sick of seeing their tax dollars go the offspring of ungrateful, lazy, slothful, dangerous hispanics in L.A. and to hispanics and blacks throughout the rest of the state.

    Who did they poll? “Support was strong across age, gender, ethnicity and geography in the telephone poll of 1,251 registered voters.” Yeah, we can imagine the diverse groups who were targeted for their insightful opinions.

  • Politics today is about taking from responsible people and redistributing to the irresponsible. Along the way, the companies (owned by politicians and their pals) that supply breakfast make huge sums of money from this.

    Of course, if you promote personal responsibility by parents, then you sir or madam are a neonazi racist who wants to starve children of color to death.

  • IstvanIN

    Is it really that difficult for the baby-mama’s and mamasitas to to pour a bowl of cereal before sending the little turds off to school?

    • Old Soldier

      I was able to do that for myself before I even started school

    • Ragnarök

      Apparently it is too difficult.

    • Alexandra1973

      Cereal and milk might cut into the budget…how’re they gonna get them weaves?

      • Ragnarök

        Or their low-riders?

    • Robb

      It’s hard to make a breakfast while you’re still sleeping. I would not be surprised if the majority just figure “screw it, they’ll be serving lunch in a couple of hours”

    • Whitetrashgang

      Well when you have been on a three day smoking binge you need your rest.

    • Alden

      Toast and jam or peanut butter is even easier. And they can grab it and eat in the way at school

  • Steve_in_Vermont

    Back in the late 40’s and early 50’s my brother and I lived in a tenement house in a large city. We ate breakfast at home, walked to school (about a mile) with a lunch in our “lunch boxes” (remember them)?. We paid 10 cents for two pints of milk. Priorities were food, rent, clothing, and medical care. No cellphone, no TV, just a radio. Today, self reliance and personal responsibility are but memories. But why waste money on food when you can get it free and spend that money on essentials, such as Smart Phones and cable tv.

    • evilsandmich

      This isn’t about lack of food, this about finding yet another way to bilk whites.

  • Lexonaut

    Eating during class time …

    Would they get extra credit for over-eating? Or perhaps for eating yesterday’s leftovers?

  • BloodofAlbion75

    Apparently,we no longer know what a CAFETERIA is here in California.

    Sad.

  • Jason Lewis

    Do all these children starve during summer break?

    • IstvanIN

      In NJ’s major cities they feed them summertime, too.

    • Alden

      No, especially in Hispanic and black areas they started with bag lunches in the parks for everyone who showed up after the neighborhood was covered with notices
      Some of the schools cafeterias are open for the regular school lunch and breakfast meals
      We already have after school snacks and take home dinners are on the way
      A lot of this is just a full employment program caused by de industrialization and out sourcing.
      Probably 60 percent or more of our economy consists of taking care of people who don’t take care of themselves

  • TheMaskedUnit

    The Corps Is Mother, the Corps Is Father
    — Babylon 5

  • James Hamilton

    Breakfast tacos for all courtesy of Uncle Sam.

  • I think that expecting them to take classes during their day-long tax-funded mealtime is a microaggression. Words can not express my heartfelt sorrow that California’s obese brown midgets are actually expected to take a break from stuffing their faces long enough to learn anything.

    I am therefore in favor of banning classwork for Mexitards, and since they are so obviously starving, the best remedy would be classroom tube-feeding with warm lard.

  • pcmustgo

    Most kids don’t get hungry til’ they get to school… no breakfast for poor kids means more behavior disruption/learning problems, etc.. I say do it.

    • evilsandmich

      Because a carton of eggs is so crazy expensive, especially since WIC and food stamps won’t let you buy them, psh…

      • Alden

        Eggs are on the approved WIC list and where in the world did you get the idea they can’t buy eggs with food stamps?
        You are right that eggs are getting very expensive

        • evilsandmich

          Eggs aren’t expensive considering how many meals can be squeezed out of a carton; of course inner city parents apparently can’t wake up long enough from their drug induced stupor in order to cook them for their kids.

          Edit: wrong reply, sorry

    • Alden

      You obviously never taught in an all black elementary school as I did during the worst 9 months of my life.
      These weren’t welfare kids from the projects. It was a neighbor of single family homes most of the parents had jobs

      Black children behave badly no matter what breakfast, lunch whatever

  • Alexandra1973

    My own son has breakfast at school, but I understand they go into the cafeteria for that, then go to class. We’re in Ohio.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Need mo’ money fo’ dat free brickfuss.

    • Julius Caesar

      Need mo’ money fo’ dem programs and sheeeeeit

    • llexik

      It is preparing their palate for the plastic tray slop they’ll be getting served in jail in another 15 years!

  • So, how did kids learn in school during all those terrible years when they couldn’t eat in the classroom? Whatever. Just rolling my eyes.

  • IKUredux

    Why not have White taxpayers also be forced to take turns showing up at the schools in waiters uniforms to serve them their breakfasts? That way, they will know that they are truly appreciated, and thus, allowing them to become rocket surgeons, and the curers of cancer. You know, all the stuff they could have become, if it weren’t for White racism. Of course, the fact that Whites invented rockets, everything, has nothing to do with it. I, for one, am absolutely convinced that the Mexicans were only a couple months behind us in rocket development. Therefore, all those Mexicans who have snuck across our border, are nothing more than incipient rocket surgeons.

    Seriously, begrudging breakfast to future rocket surgeons is just plain crazy. LOCO!

  • A Freespeechzone

    It sounds like most Californians are ‘takers’ in society and demand that the taxpayers assume the role of caring and feeding their children.

    I suppose when you allow uneducated, filthy and ignorant illegals into the country—then, you have liberal politicians promise them free money and social services, this is what you get.

    Maybe some of us who work and pay taxes should have a work stoppage….and a tax revolt as we don’t get the benefits….only the bill that gets higher and higher.

  • KenelmDigby

    Eating food in a class room is just plain wrong.
    It offends against all notions of good manners and decorum.

    • 李冠毅

      What’s wrong with eating food in class? My school permits that. I have a habit of preparing my favorite food and eating it during my favorite classes. It makes the class even more enjoyable.

      • KenelmDigby

        Perhaps it’s a ‘cultural thing’.

      • BlueSonicStreak

        Maybe it is a cultural thing. Generally, food is not supposed to be permitted in classrooms and school libraries in my country because it is considered a distraction and an imposition on others.

      • Alden

        It’s messy and causes extra cleaning due to drips and crumbs and brings bugs especially cockroaches who once a few arrive they can never be eradicated

        • 李冠毅

          No problem. I’m used to cleaning up my desk after eating; it’s not exactly a difficult task, and it doesn’t take long. I’ve been doing this for many years, and I never had a problem with bugs.

    • Sighisoara

      Yes, this would have never been allowed where I went to school. It would have never even been thought about.

  • Rodney S

    Why don’t they just call it free brunch.

  • Raymond Kidwell

    School lunch and breakfast are the most successful social programs ever made. It allows students to perform based on their ability and ambition rather than on their parent’s incomes. Studies have shown it improves academic performance for poor people. it’s also relatively inexpensive.

    • BlueSonicStreak

      The baffling thing though, is why in the classroom? What was wrong with the “before class in the cafeteria” program?

      • Alden

        Cafeteria breakfast is a good idea for reason other than eating. For one thing they are more supervised indoors and can’t fight, molest and injure each other
        In rain and blizzards they have to go inside anyway
        Plus eating is a nice way to start the day. That’s why so many workplaces have coffee, toasters and encourage people to bring food

      • Raymond Kidwell

        Allow me to answer this: because anything other than learning needs to take place in school. It is an indoctrination center/day care etc.

        I have went to lower income and middle income schools. Many times the teachers are so dumb they don’t understand the middle school level material they are teaching. Then they just keep repeating the exact same lessons from about sixth grade to twelfth. The students never seem to catch on that it’s the same material they learned last year, and they struggle to pass even the most basic tests. So the teachers are always inventing activities, work sheets, art projects, presentations etc. to grade instead of focusing on testing core knowledge. If you do have a high I.Q. and do well on tests but bored with the dumbed down rhetoric they think something is wrong with you.

        The expectations are absurdly low. They are more concerned with conditioning the behavior and mentality of the students than with teaching them, since they are too dumb to learn in the eyes of educators. Many low level teachers may not realize this overtly. So they want students to obey authority, feel good about government, act more docile etc.

        My school experience:

        6th grade: In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
        7th grade: Did you know Christopher Columbus discovered North America? It will be on the test. We will ask who discovered North America.
        8th grade: In what year did Christopher Columbus discover North America? You will need to answer this one a test there will be three choices a) 1986 b) 1281 c) 1492

        But teacher the other two options are so absurd that the answer is obvious. teacher- “I don’t know what you mean. Half the class answered incorrectly”

        Fast forward to 12th grade: Now listen up students. This may shock you but Christofer Colmbus discovered north america in 1492.

        But I thought it has been proven that Vikings discovered North America prior to Columbus? Teacher- “let’s not over complicate this. For the sake of the test we want you to be able to figure out who discovered north america. three fourths of the class got this question wrong last year”

  • Alden

    They didn’t ask me

  • Paleoconn

    First lunch, now breakfast paid for by the California taxpayer. Next: take-home dinner for the whole family. Folks, this is what slavery looks like in the 21st century of our Lord.