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January 7, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Got breakfast? Thousands of Washington kids don’t

McClatchy Newspapers

McClatchy Newspapers

In a state considered relatively progressive in combating social ills, it may come as a surprise that Washington ranks 39th in the nation for getting free breakfast into the bellies of kids who need it.

Though combating childhood hunger has long been a priority for advocacy organizations and elected officials, a report released Monday by United Way of King County finds that fewer than half of students eligible for free-or-reduced-price meals are eating breakfast at school.

Meanwhile, the number of children qualifying for those meals has jumped by 153 percent since 2000, growing at nearly 14 times the rate of the overall student population. In Snohomish County, the rate has almost doubled.

“Despite the evidence that need has dramatically increased in Washington state, school breakfast programs, as currently utilized, are not responding to or meeting that need,” the authors note bluntly. “Many children [are] receiving no breakfast at all.”


Comments | More in News | Topics: health, poverty, United Way

November 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

UW doctors: Seattle’s high schools should start later

Donna Grethen / Op Art Teenagers aren’t lazy, they just need more sleep. That’s part of the argument made by Joanna E. Wrede and Vishesh K. Kapur on Friday’s opinion page. In a guest editorial, the two University of Washington doctors assert that teenagers aren’t biologically programmed to be early risers. Public high schools in Seattle currently start…


Comments | More in Opinion, Poll | Topics: health, high school, Seattle Public Schools