1. Low-income participation continues to grow
All told, 14.6 million students participated in school breakfast on an average school day last year. Almost 12.5 million of those participants came from low-income families and received free or reduced-price breakfast. Low-income student breakfast participation increased 1.2% compared to the prior school year.
2. W. Va has the highest participation among low-income students
For the fifth year in a row, West Virginia had the highest rate of student breakfast participation among low-income students. For every 100 low-income students partaking in school lunch throughout the state, 83.7 participated in school breakfast.
6. N.J. has the lowest rate of schools offering breakfast
For every 100 New Jersey schools that offered lunch, only 82.6 offered breakfast.