The Curious Case of No-Charge School Breakfast–How Serving More for Less Pays Off

Jonathan Lewis

Texas school cafeterias served over 300 million breakfasts in the 2011-2012 school year to an average of 1.6 million kids per day across over 8,000 campuses. Yet even with such high numbers, only 60 percent of students receiving free or reduced-priced lunch receive breakfast. The financing of the School Breakfast Program makes it feasible to provide breakfast at no cost to all students in high need schools where at least 80 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced-priced school lunch. No-charge breakfast programs provide a federally funded breakfast at no charge to all students regardless of family income. The benefits of this system are seen by school administrators, parents, teachers, and students.

This paper outlines the history of the school breakfast program, its basic rules and regulations, how providing breakfast at no charge works, and the opportunities available to schools implementing the change.

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