On April 13, 2019, ACT will provide free breakfast before the ACT test to students at Edinburg High School and Economedes High School. ACT is launching the next phase of the nonprofit organization’s long-term initiative to help ensure that hunger does not impact its examinees. According to Feeding America, one in six children might not know where they will receive their next meal.
Through the continued growth and expansion of this initiative, ACT is attempting to fight food insecurity prior to testing, particularly among America’s most vulnerable students. The initiative draws from ACT research demonstrating that students who experience hunger—particularly those who have missed breakfast—are less able to perform academically, especially when testing.
Senator Hinojosa made the following comments:
"I appreciate the ACT for choosing Edinburg High School and Economedes High School for this initiative to help our students succeed on the ACT exam by providing a free breakfast. Education is the best equalizer. We must give our school children the best resources we can for them to perform well on the college entrance exam to ensure our state's future."