A new study finds support for continuing to promote in school breakfast programs , as boosting kids’ grades with school breakfasts appears to be the result of many efforts to feed low income students.
Elementary schools that offer free breakfast also boast 25 percent higher math grades among students, and higher reading and science grades than schools with no free breakfast programs.
While there is a link between schools providing free morning meals and improved performance, the study did not prove a cause and effect relationship.
The findings suggest that there is evidence of a link between good nutrition and good grades, says study author David Frisvold, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
“These results suggest that the persistent exposure to the relatively more nutritious breakfast offered through the subsidized breakfast program throughout elementary school can yield important gains in achievement,” he said in a university news release.