School Breakfast Scorecard 2007
About 8.1 million low-income children participated in the federal school breakfast program in the 2006-07 school year, an increase of 5 percent over the prior school year, but still a lower participation rate than it should be, concludes an analysis by a anti-hunger advocacy group.
Among low-income children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school, about 45 children eat breakfast for every 100 children who have lunch, said the Washington-based Food Research and Action Center.
The action center believes that an achievable goal is to have 60 children eating a free or reduced-price breakfast for every 100 who eat a free or reduced-price lunch.
New Mexico has the highest proportion of low-income children eating school breakfast, with 61 children having breakfast for every 100 who receive lunch. Illinois has the lowest participation rate with about 33 children receiving breakfast for every 100 who get lunch.
A version of this article appeared in the December 19, 2007 edition of Education Week