LITTLE RIVER - The national anti-hunger campaign No Kid Hungry announced this week their 2019 School Breakfast Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees include educators and administrators from school districts across the country who were nominated by members of their local community for going above and beyond to make school breakfast possible for kids in need.

Among this year’s hall of famers is Head Cook, MaiThy Jesseph, from Little River Junior Senior High School, USD 444, who was nominated by Audrey Herbst, Little River Junior Senior High School Principal.  

Jesseph was nominated for her creative planning and hard work to provide a wide array of choices for healthy eating in the school menu.  Jesseph is passionate about ensuring students receive a breakfast each morning if they have not had the opportunity to eat before school starts.  

Jesseph has been an advocate and worked hard to ensure Little River students have a second chance breakfast offered later in the morning even though that means serving breakfast twice.  Accessing traditional cafeteria breakfast service can be challenging for many kids. Breakfast After the Bell provides breakfast in a way that is more convenient and accessible to students, resulting in more kids starting the day ready to learn. 

Research shows that hunger has long-term ramifications on children, including lower test scores, weaker attendance rates, and a higher risk of hospitalizations and chronic diseases. No Kid Hungry and its partners focus on school breakfast as a critical way to end childhood hunger.

No child should go hungry in America. But 1 in six kids will face hunger this year. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger through effective programs that provide kids with the food they need. This is a solvable problem. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization working to end hunger and poverty. Join at NoKidHungry.org.