Kudos to the Richland School Board for its decision to provide breakfast and lunch to Jefferson School's kids -- 70 percent of who are from families with poverty level incomes.
Families who are just getting by have difficulty providing nutritious food at regular times for their kids. They may be working several jobs. They may buy food that is cheap -- and heavy on starch and poor on protein.
Hungry kids are not as vigorous nor do they learn as well as properly fed kids. Providing nourishing meals is a key part to ensuring academic success.
Kids who get breakfast and lunch at school are getting meals that meet federal nutritional standards.
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Those who do not do well in school are likely to need more help from our tax dollars down the road. Money spent on education is the best investment a society can make.
LYLE WILHELMI, Richland