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 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.
Vol. 25, Issue 16, Page 12Published in Print: January 4, 2006, as School Breakfasts