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Family: Starting the day off right

By The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

This article was published March 25, 2014 at 11:11 a.m.

Actor Jeff Bridges promotes school breakfasts in LR

Oscar-winner Jeff Bridges visited a Little Rock elementary school Monday to highlight its successful breakfast-in-schools program. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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Arkansas delivers thousands of free and reduced-cost school breakfasts to keep low-income children from being too hungry to learn, writes Ron Wolfe in Family.

The state’s breakfast plan — among the nation’s most effective hunger relief programs — brought actor Jeff Bridges to Stephens Elementary School in Little Rock on March 17. The orange button on his gray jacket spoke up before he did, reading: “Breakfast = Success.”

Bridges is national spokesman for the Washington-based Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, including Arkansas No Kid Hungry. While in town, he joined a group of Stephens third-graders in learning about the importance of a good breakfast, be it eggs, toast and milk, or waffle and orange juice.

The school surrounded him “with good, excited people,” Bridges said. Other times, “I feel alone,” he said, pushing for answers to a tragedy that nobody wants to hear. “It’s an unsexy issue.”

See Wednesday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more about breakfast in the schools and related issues.

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