Federal School Breakfast Program Experiences Major Growth
Participation in the nation’s school breakfast program rose by more than 378,000 children between the 2003-04 and 2004-05 school years, the largest one-year increase in 10 years, according to the 15th annual “School Breakfast Scorecard.”
The scorecard—produced by the Food Research and Action Center, a Washington-based group that works to end hunger and malnutrition in the United States—found that an average of 7.5 million children received a free or reduced-price breakfast each day during the 2004-05 school year, a 5.3 percent increase since the previous school year.
Since 1990, the number of low-income students receiving free or reduced-price breakfasts has more than doubled. The federal government reimburses schools for all or part of the cost of every meal, depending on the incomes of participating families.