"School Breakfast Scorecard"
An average of 11.2 million low-income children ate school breakfasts daily during the 2013-14 school year, an increase of 320,000 children from the previous year, a report released last week says.
A higher percentage of low-income children who participated in school lunch programs in 2013-14 also ate school breakfasts than in the previous year, according to the report from the Food Research and Action Center.
FRAC calculated its figures "by comparing the number of low-income children receiving school breakfast to the number of such children receiving school lunch," the report says. "By this measure, nationally 53 low-income children ate school breakfast for every 100 who also ate school lunch, an increase from the previous school year's ratio of 52 to 100, and far above the 43 to 100 ratio of a decade earlier."
Advocates for children's nutrition attribute increased school breakfast participation to strategies like breakfast-in-the classroom programs and the "community eligibility" option, which allows some schools to serve free meals to all students rather than requiring them to qualify individually.
Vol. 34, Issue 21, Page 5Published in Print: February 18, 2015, as Student Nutrition