Dear Governor Chrisite,
Many children in New Jersey do not eat a nutritious breakfast every morning. In these tough economic times, families in NJ are living on very tight budgets and can't afford to provide good breakfasts at home every day nor the money to buy them at school. Regardless of income, families in NJ live busy lives that often make it difficult to sit down long enough in the morning to eat a nutritious breakfast. Sometimes children are not physically capable of eating breakfast at home when they first wake up. Other children may have long commutes to school or long periods between breakfast at home and school lunch, making breakfast at school an important option.
According to studies, students who eat school breakfast increase their math and reading scores as well as improve their speed and memory in cognitive tests. Research also shows that children who eat breakfast at school - closer to class and test-taking time - perform better on standardized tests than those who skip breakfast or eat breakfast at home.
Therefore, we ask you Governor Christie not to cut The School Breakfast Program in our state. This is a vital program for our less fortunate students.