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).