Hunger Solutions New York’s statewide report, School Breakfast: Reducing Child Hunger, Bolstering Student Success, analyzes school breakfast participation during the 2015-2016 school year. This report reveals that school breakfast continues to be underutilized across New York State.
While there has been growth in the program, it has been offset by the increasing number of students who qualify to eat school breakfast for free or at a reduced price. In the 2015-2016 school year, fewer than one in three students who qualified to eat free or reduced-price breakfast participated in the School Breakfast Program.
A significant amount of federal funding is left on the table due to low school breakfast participation. In the 2015-2016 school year, only 45.88% of free and reduced-price lunch participants also ate school breakfast. Low breakfast participation in New York State resulted in the forfeiture of more than $71 million in federal reimbursements in the 2015-2016 school year alone.
Our school breakfast report includes state-level analysis of school breakfast participation as well as district-level participation data. It identifies best practices for increasing breakfast participation, highlights successful school districts, and outlines action steps to broaden the reach of the School Breakfast Program, especially among low-income students.