Healthy Kids for Breakfast Grant

Why Universal Breakfast?                     

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the most underserved from both federal and state standpoints. Despite the fact studies have proven breakfast's importance as a key to overall health and improved academic performance, we do not do enough to ensure our children have access to breakfast every single day.

Of the nearly 20 million children that participate in the National School Lunch Program classified as free and reduced status, only 47.2 percent also participate in breakfast. Though breakfast is served at 87% of the nation's schools, it is a program that suffers primarily because it is not mandated to be scheduled as part of the school day. Breakfast suffers lack of time, lack of marketing, lack of parent knowledge and lack of equipment and space.

With over 17 million households classified as food insecure children's guaranteed access to breakfast at school is the gateway our nation needs to combat hunger and give our most at risk population the chance they deserve to live a healthier life. If we are to overcome these challenges we need to close the nutrition gap and ensure that every child every day eats healthy and delicious food in schools. 

2011 Proposed USDA Regulations for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs

Proposed rule for nutrition standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

School Breakfast in America's Big Cities 2006-2007
A case study done by the Food Research and Action Center on the performance of school breakfast programs in 19 large urban school districts. The goal was to monitor the school districts progress in increasing participation in school breakfast participation, specifically with the low-income population. Concludes that districts should prioritize increased participation in school breakfast to help reduce hunger and to support their students.
School Breakfast in America’s Big Cities: School Year 2010–2011

"Executive Summary:

This report examines the performance of school breakfast programs in 26 large urban school districts* during the 2010–2011 school year, with the goal of monitoring their progress in increasing school breakfast participation among low-income students. Given the concentration of low-incomes among students’ families in many cities, and the potential for economies of scale afforded by the large number of students, it is somewhat easier to reach children with school breakfast in large urban areas than elsewhere. Yet only half of these districts reached a majority of low-income students with the important morning nourishment they need to succeed in school.

All three districts that met FRAC’s goal of reaching at least 70 low-income children with breakfast through the School Breakfast Program for every 100 low-income children who received lunch through the National School Lunch Program have district-wide breakfast in the classroom programs. These programs, where students are offered breakfast at the beginning of the school day, have emerged as the most effective strategy to get school breakfast to the large number of students who need it. It is especially effective for large, urban schools with high concentrations of free and reduced price eligible students that can offer breakfast at no charge to all students."

School Breakfast Program Cost Benefit Analysis: Achieving a Profitable SBP

Heather Hilleren, MBA GreenLeaf Market

Executive Summary
Studies have shown feeding children a nutritious breakfast increases their school performance, nutrition intake, and overall health while decreasing obesity, discipline problems, and illnesses. Financially, adding a school breakfast program (SBP) creates an additional revenue stream, increases jobs, and brings outside capital into a community.
Despite these benefits, Wisconsin consistently ranks last nationally in its ability to feed children breakfast at school (School Breakfast Scorecard, 2006). Wisconsin school districts cite cost as the number one reason for not starting an SBP (Westover, 2006). This study assesses the costs associated with SBPs to determine if breakfast programs can break-even, and if so, how they can achieve profitability. Included are both urban and rural school districts that offer the three primary types of breakfast programs (standard, grab & go, and mid-morning) in their high schools. Seven school districts submitted financial reports and were interviewed to compile a financial analysis of SBPs. Although high schools form the primary focus of this study, elementary schools were included in the district financial analysis.

School Breakfast Scorecard School Year 2010-2011

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national organization working for more effective public and private policies to eradicate domestic hunger and undernutrition.

School Breakfast Scorecard School Year 2012-2013

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national organization working for more effective public and private policies to eradicate domestic hunger and undernutrition.

School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children
The National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program play key roles in supporting the nutrition and health of schoolchildren in the United States by providing nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches each school day. While school meals must meet standards established in 1995, advances have been made in dietary guidance in the years since. At the request of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Institute of Medicine convened a committee to provide recommendations to revise standards and requirements so that school meals are more healthful.
Serving Up A Successful School Breakfast Program from The Wisconsin Dept of Public Instruction

A Guide for School Breakfast Implementation from July 2009.

The Federal Child Nutrition Commodity Program
California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA) and Samuels & Associates (S&A) conducted a study to determine the impact of the federal child nutrition commodity program on the nutritional quality of school meals, particularly those served in California. About 3 million California students participate daily in the National School Lunch Program, and 1 million participate in the School Breakfast Program, many of whom have been identified as obese and overweight and at risk of severe (and costly) medical consequences. This study offers a complete analysis along with policy recommendations for future implementation.