The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) recently introduced its new interactive map that quickly shows you participation, funding and growth in each state for the School Breakfast Program. It is based on the results published in FRAC’s annual School Breakfast Scorecard. It’s a quick resource to review the numbers for your state to compare to other states as well as to school lunch participation. Unfortunately, just over half of low-income children who participated in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) also participated in the School Breakfast Program last year.
The encouraging news, however, is that SBP participation has been steadily increasing over recent years due to Breakfast in the Classroom, universal breakfast, second-chance breakfasts, and as of last year, the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) which allowed high poverty schools to offer free breakfast (and lunch) to all children. As part of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, the CEP started in seven states in the 2012-2013 school year and is now available nationwide. FRAC expects a significant positive impact from this new provision.