They were running a little late for class, but Abbot-Downing School students still had time for breakfast.

Second-grader Eli Lyon took the paper bag handed to him by the school’s head cook, Donna Wheeler, who wished him a good morning. From the cafeteria line, he took an apple and scanned his other options: students are allowed two grain items (cereal boxes or a breakfast bar), one protein item (milk or yogurt), fruit and fruit juice.


"One thing that can help sleepy, hungry kids get ready to hit the books by the first school bell is a good breakfast. Several local schools have learned the value of providing that meal and, as the school year winds down, the New Hampshire School Breakfast Challenge is singing their praises."

Eagle Tribune (June 24, 2014) Schools See Surge in Breakfast Participation 


Success Starts with School Breakfast! NFL player & Nashua native Kendall Reyes joins Dr. Crisp Elementary School, NH Kids Count and NH School Breakfast Challenge Partners to kick off the “It Starts With School Breakfast” campaign March 14. 


Recent statewide coverage of the importance of school breakfast in NH. Check out these articles to learn more about school breakfast and what NH Kids Count is doing to promote it! 


"Take Time for School Breakfast" Opinion piece written by NH Kids Count Board Member Andy Beaupre published this morning in Foster's Daily Democrat.


“This is a wake-up call for our state," said Ellen Fineberg, Executive Director of the nonprofit advocacy group, Children's Alliance of New Hampshire.” Children are the future health and well-being of our state."

Seacoast Online (September 23, 2013): More children live in poverty


“The percentage of children living in poverty in New Hampshire surged last year to 15.6 percent. That’s up from 12 percent in 2011, the largest increase of any state.“

New Hampshire Public Radio (September 20, 2013): Report: Child Poverty Surges In N.H.