Well fed children learn better

Published 7:04 pm Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Dear Editor:

After reading the article, “SPS continues to provide students with free breakfast and lunch,” published on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, written by James Robinson, I wanted to express my appreciation for the initiative taken by Suffolk Public Schools in providing free breakfast and lunch to students amidst the many challenges the pandemic has caused. This program not only addresses the needs of Suffolk’s students but also brings many benefits to our community.

Providing free meals ensures that children in the community are fed and are not left hungry. It also helps families facing economic hardship during this time, as the cost of food has risen. Many families are left to decide to pay for the roof over their heads or food. This program alleviates some of that pressure.

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Outside of alleviating hunger, children who are well-fed perform better academically because they can concentrate not on being hungry but on their schoolwork. Proper nutrition is vital for concentration and cognitive skills. So, this program contributes to a more conducive learning environment.

The City of Suffolk taking the steps to provide free breakfast and lunch to its students deserves acknowledgment. The initiative taken to implement this program proves that Suffolk wants the best for its residents and their students to succeed.

 

Stefanie Larry

Suffolk