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Federal School Breakfast Program Experiences Major Growth

By Christina A. Samuels — December 20, 2005 1 min read
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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.”

“School Breakfast Scorecard: 2005" is available from the Food Research and Action Center.

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.


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