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School Breakfast Program

School Breakfast Program

Today, 92% of schools that serve lunch also serve breakfast. For the 2015-2016 school year, 14.2 million children ate breakfast on a typical day, of which 12.1 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 90,355 98,004
Number of children served 14.2 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 2016 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

A 2015 analysis examining trends in school breakfast participation over the past decade found that school breakfast is getting healthier while reaching more children.

“This is all good news for the breakfast program, especially as this historically underutilized program has been growing to reach more and more children year after year.”

2015 FRAC School Breakfast Scorecard