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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Virginia School Breakfast Report

View the 2017 Annual Report.

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Breakfast in the Classroom Toolkit

View tips on maximizing the School Breakfast Program.

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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).

221,414

children from low-income households participated in school breakfast

51

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: FRAC, School Breakfast Scorecard: 2013-2014 School Year.

Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom

Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom is a consortium of national education and nutrition organizations that provides technical assistance and support to help school districts implement alternative breakfast delivery models. Members include: the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Foundation, the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN), and the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF).

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Virginia Hunger Solutions is a local Partner for Breakfast in the Classroom. Other local partners include: the Virginia Education Association (VEA), the School Nutrition Association of Virginia (SNA-VA), and the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP).

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.

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