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.