Across the USA school breakfast participation is on the rise, according to an anti hunger organization.
The Food Research and Action Center released studies showing that 13.2 million students received free or reduced price school breakfasts during the 2013-2014 school year. This is an increase nationally from 12.8 milion last year.
“More low-income children are eating breakfast, and a large part of this success is due to more schools and states adopting proven strategies to increase participation,” said Jim Weill, president of FRAC.
Even with this increase, FRAC claims that almost half of low income students are not receiving school breakfast.
According to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, school meals provide many public school students with more than half the food they eat daily. “It’s very encouraging to see more and more students participating in the school breakfast program,” Vilsack said