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School Breakfast Program

School Breakfast Program

Today, 93% of schools that serve lunch also serve breakfast. For the 2017-2018 school year, 14.8 million children ate breakfast on a typical day, of which 12.5 million were low-income children who may not otherwise have a morning meal. Not only does the School Breakfast Program reduce student hunger but it is linked to numerous benefits – from improved academic success to reduced tardiness, absenteeism and discipline problems.

By the Numbers

Although SBP participation continues to rise, there’s plenty of room for growth:

School Breakfast School Lunch
Number of schools serving 89,775 95,939
Number of children served 14.8 million 30.5 million

Strategies that Work for SBP Expansion

Participation in the School Breakfast Program has risen steadily over the years. What strategies are responsible for this increase? Classroom breakfast is one, notes FRAC. In its 2019 School Breakfast Scorecard they report that offering breakfast free of charge to all children, especially in low-income schools, as well as moving breakfast out of the cafeteria and into the classroom after the bell, continued to result in higher participation rates.
*Offer breakfast at no charge to all students
*Offer breakfast after the bell – make breakfast part of the school day with:

  • Classroom breakfast
  • Grab-n-go programs
  • “Second chance” breakfast after first period during a morning break

These proven strategies overcome the timing and stigma barriers common to a traditional school breakfast program that is served in the cafeteria before the school day starts, and have driven substantial growth over the past decade.

2019 FRAC School Breakfast Scorecard