The School Breakfast Scorecard (PDF opens in a new window) just released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), found that more than 10.8 million children received a free or reduced-price breakfast on the average school day during the 2012-2013 school year, an increase of nearly 311,000 children from the previous year. Nationally, the number of low-income children participating in school breakfast for every 100 participating in school lunch was 51.9, an increase from 50.4:100 during the previous school year.
A separate report by FRAC, School Breakfast: Making it Work in Large School Districts (PDF opens in a new window), echoed many of these findings. Comparing school breakfast participation and policies in 63 large, mostly urban school districts across the country, the report found that the school districts with the highest participation all had large-scale programs that allowed students to eat breakfast in their classrooms at the beginning of the school day.
Expanding School Breakfast Participation