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

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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.

Read the full paper on our website.

At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we believe in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure. We want the best Texas - a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all. CPPP is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. We dare Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families.

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