The annual national school breakfast report released today by the Food Research and Action Center(FRAC) finds that, on an average school day in 2013-2014, 136,113 low-income children in Minnesota participated in school breakfast, an
increase of 2.4% from the previous year. This finding illustrates the value of Minnesota’s efforts to provide students with a healthy breakfast each day, says Hunger Solutions Minnesota.
The School Breakfast Scorecard measures the success of the School Breakfast Program at the national and state levels. The FRAC report finds that 48 low-income children in Minnesota ate school breakfast for every 100 that received free or reduced-price lunch during the 2013 – 2014 school year, a slight increase over the 2012 – 2013 school year. That compares to the national average of 53 low-income children who ate school breakfast for every 100 who also ate school lunch.
Hunger Solutions Minnesota works to end hunger via the Minnesota Food HelpLine and by advancing fair public nutrition policies on behalf of hungry Minnesotans. We connect Minnesota’s food shelves with funding, technical assistance and logistical support to reach the one in five families in need. Our work is made possible through the generous support of donors across the country, each sharing our commitment to ensuring no Minnesotan will struggle with food insecurity alone. Recognized as the most efficient civic non profit for two years running by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. For more information visit: Hungersolutions.org
The full report, School Breakfast Scorecard, is available at http://www.frac.org. To measure the reach of the School Breakfast Program nationally and in the states, FRAC compares the number of schools and low-income children that participate in breakfast to those that participate in the National School Lunch Program. FRAC also sets a participation goal of reaching 70 low-income children with breakfast for every 100 receiving lunch as a way to gauge state progress and the costs of under-participation in the program.