Majority of school-lunch participants now also opt for breakfast program, study finds

Food Research and Action Center reports on increase in School Breakfast Program.

Jan. 23—The Food Research and Action Center’s (FRAC) School Breakfast Scorecard has found that, for the first time nationally, more than half of all low-income students who participated in school lunch also participated in school breakfast and more than 90 percent of schools that operate the National School Lunch Program also offered the School Breakfast Program.

Such milestones, noted FRAC, were driven by efforts at the federal, state, and local level to reach out to students, to eliminate barriers and streamline administrative processes, and to launch breakfast in the classroom programs. Overall, more than 10.5 million children received a free or reduced-price breakfast each school day during the 2011-2012 school year, an increase of 738,869 children from the previous year. 

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