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School Breakfast Program

Hunger is a fundamental obstacle to learning. Neither the best curriculum nor the most outstanding teachers can overcome the hurdle hunger poses. The federally funded national School Breakfast Program (SBP)'s role in reducing hunger, improving health and bolstering student success is critical and growing.



Find program specifics and strategies, our annual report on school breakfast participation and additional resources at the links below.

Hunger Solutions New York works with school and government leaders, and organizations statewide to help increase access to the SBP. We:

  • Provide one-on-one assistance to schools to increase participation in the SBP through the implementation of alternative breakfast service models.
  • Engage education stakeholders and establish partnerships with statewide/regional organizations to promote the SBP and strategies to increase participation.
  • Analyze participation in the SBP, research and disseminate program updates, track participation trends, and gather best practices.
In this section
How school breakfast works and who can eat for free or at a reduced price
A significant number of students qualify for free and reduced-price breakfast, yet participation remains low.
Schools that implement an alternative breakfast model experience the largest increase in student participation, revenue, and benefits linked to eating school breakfast.
The School Breakfast Program reduces hunger, bolsters success, and improves health and nutrition.
Hunger Solutions New York annually releases a statewide report on school breakfast participation. Findings reveal that the School Breakfast Program continues to be underutilized. Read the 2017 report here.
More information from our partners, and grant opportunities