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While interviewing a group of parents in Kigamboni, Tanzania, I was surprised that very few mentioned a morning meal as part of their daily routine.

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As a parent, its hard to imagine starting the day without feeding my kids breakfast. In the United States, we often hear the refrain that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. At least in my family, its not just a question of giving our kids a healthy start. It's also about giving the kids the energy to focus on play and avoid the tears and fits that seem to always accompany hunger.

Initiatives like the School Breakfast Program helps school-aged kids in the United States start their days with the nutrition needed to learn. 

Are there programs like this for children under 5 around the world?

To what extent are kids' learning and brain development tied simply to nurtition?



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Hi Jason,

Realised that the children in Africa really do suffer with malnutrition and having the Breakfast Program in schools will help bring down malnutrition in their developing days of childhood. But it will also give them a chance to grow as individuals and survive in their tough times. But what initiatives can be put forward to be sure that the children come to school to eat and not leave to help support the family but to eat due to the tough situations they face daily.

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