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National School Breakfast Program

Children who come to school hungry because they got up too late to spend time eating breakfast, weren't hungry before leaving home, didn't have an adult to encourage them to eat, or didn't have food in the home find it difficult to stay alert and learn. The School Breakfast Program (SBP) provides children with nutritious foods before their school day begins, thus improving their diets and encouraging the learning process. Schools operating the SBP report increases in test scores, decreases in absenteeism, and an overall improvement in student behavior when children eat breakfast.

All students may eat breakfast if the program is offered at their school. Students who qualify for free or reduced price school lunch are eligible for the same benefits in the breakfast program. A school breakfast is designed to satisfy one-quarter of a child's recommended daily dietary needs and must meet the nutritional requirements outlined in the "Dietary Guidelines for Americans." Local schools have information about eligibility and applications to receive these benefits.


Files and links


USDA - School Meals Guidance