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.
"Participation in the School Breakfast Program is much less common than participation in
the National School Lunch Program, even among children with access to both programs.
This report examines the determinants of participation in the School Breakfast Program
among third grade public school students, as well as the impacts of the program on food
insecurity and children‘s risk of skipping breakfast. Data are from the Early Childhood
Longitudinal Survey—Kindergarten Cohort and from the Wisconsin Schools Food
Security Survey. The study found that students are more likely to participate when
breakfast is served in the classroom, when time available for breakfast in school is
longer, and when they come from lower income or time-constrained households.
Children with access to the School Breakfast Program are more likely to eat breakfast in
the morning and that program access may enhance food security among families at the
margin of food insecurity."
Implementation of most meal requirements in the NSLP begins SY 2012-2013. In the SBP, the meal
requirements (other than milk) will be implemented gradually beginning SY 2013-2014. This chart outlines the details of the implementation timeline.
"We investigate student outcomes that were associated with changes in the availability of universal-free breakfasts at elementary schools in the Guilford County Schools (GCS) in North Carolina."
This report examines the performance of school breakfast programs in 29 large urban school districts during the 2009–2010 school year, with the goal of monitoring their progress in increasing school breakfast participation among low-income students.
The Food and Nutrition Service has collected and organized a summary of the over 150,000 comments that were submitted as a result of the new proposed changes in regulations affecting school lunch and breakfast with the signing the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act in December 2010.
This 122 page document offers insights in the public's support and concerns.
Explains the importance of school breakfasts.