School Breakfast

The National School Breakfast Program provides nutritionally balanced, affordable breakfasts to children each school day. Children are eligible for free, reduced, or paid breakfasts based on their families’ incomes.

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Other Grant Opportunities

View additional funding options for implementing alternative breakfast models.

Benefits of School Breakfast

Breakfast helps children learn, improves attendance, and reduces behavior problems and tardiness. Children who eat breakfast at school – closer to test-taking time – perform better on standardized tests than those who skip breakfast or eat breakfast at home.

Breakfast also promotes good health. Eating breakfast at school results in fewer visits to the school nurse, improves children’s diets, and helps build healthy habits. Moreover, children who start the day with breakfast are less likely to be obese.

Virginia Hunger Solutions works to increase participation in school breakfast programs throughout the Commonwealth by promoting alternative breakfast delivery models, such as Breakfast in the Classroom, and innovative public policies, such as the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

263,149

children eligible for free & reduced-price meals participated in school breakfast on an average school day

63

children from low-income households ate school breakfast for every 100 that received free or reduced-price lunch

Increasing participation to 70 low-income children receiving breakfast for every 100 who eat lunch would result in 78,819 more children eating breakfast each day, and an additional $20.1 million in federal child nutrition funding.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Is your school the best? Prove it.
The Virginia Breakfast Challenge offers an opportunity for schools across Virginia to show that they are the best by participating in school breakfast. The school with the highest increases in breakfast participation will win prizes for students and teachers, and earn bragging rights! Is your school signed up?

Learn more at vabreakfast.org!

Virginia Hunger Solutions gratefully acknowledges support of its work to expand and improve the School Breakfast Program from Hunger IS, a joint initiative of The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation.