This May, state lawmakers passed "Breakfast After the Bell" legislation that make sure more kids have access to a healthy school breakfast every day. This is a major victory for the1 in 5 children in Illinois who struggle with hunger. On Friday, August 19th Governor Rauner officially signed the bill into law!
This strong, bipartisan victory comes after months of tireless work from coalition partners, advocates, and members of the No Kid Hungry network, including hundreds of letters, post cards, tweets and visits to elected officials across the state.
We also couldn’t have done this without your support. Thanks to your help, this brings us one step closer to making No Kid Hungry a reality for children in need around our nation.
Rise and Shine Illinois is a call by advocates across the state for the General Assembly to pass smart, statewide school breakfast legislation. The coalition includes organizations working to make breakfast a part of the school day, and is a partnership of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Central Illinois Foodbank, EverThrive Illinois, Illinois Coalition for Community Services, Illinois Hunger Coalition, the St. Louis Area Foodbank and the No Kid Hungry campaign.
Kids who eat school breakfast score 17.5% higher on math tests, attend 1.5 more days of school each year and are 20% more likely to graduate high school.
Together, we are creating a movement to connect Illinois’ kids with the healthy fuel they need.