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.
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.