National School Breakfast Week - March 3 - 7
In observance of National School Breakfast Week, below is some
- How many kids eat breakfast at school?
About 7 million children each day eat school breakfast. (About 27 million
children eat school lunch).
- How large is the School Breakfast Program?
About 72,000 schools nationwide offer breakfast at school. (Over 97,000
schools offer school lunch).
- Compared to school lunch, how many children
eat school breakfast? Compared to eating school lunch every day, only about
30% children eat school breakfast.
- Not every child who eats lunch has an
opportunity to eat breakfast at school.
- The great majority of children who
currently participate in the breakfast program (85 percent, as opposed to 57
percent in the lunch program) receive their meals free or at a reduced
price. As a result, school breakfast has come to be thought of in many
places as a program for low-income children. However, research shows that it
is important for all children to eat breakfast, and the School Breakfast
Program works to ensure that all children, regardless of their economic
status, have access to a nutritious breakfast.
- The School Breakfast Program started out as
a two-year pilot program under the Child Nutrition Act of l966 and was made
permanent in October l975.
- The School Breakfast Program is available
to the same schools and institutions as the National School Lunch Program.
- In 2001, school breakfast was served in 74,852 schools and institutions, providing a total of
For more information, please visit The United
States Department of Agriculture School Breakfast Program
(Source: USDA/Food and Nutrition website at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/
Last Editorial Review: 3/6/2001 8:11:00 AM