The Riverdale Press: Will free breakfasts stay hampered by early start times?

It’s not just their mood that can be affected by not eating — students who don’t eat in the morning often have trouble listening once they get to class, said Eric Dinowitz, a city council candidate who also works as a special education teacher.

“It not only interferes with a child’s ability to succeed academically, and to engage even emotionally in a class,” he said. “And that’s just the short term, of course. We know kids who are malnourished get sick more often, they miss more school. There are a lot of negative effects of our children missing a meal.”,72378