Hunger Solutions New York today released its annual statewide report on school breakfast participation, School Breakfast: Reducing Child Hunger, Bolstering Student Success.

Hunger is a constant reality for nearly one million children throughout the state. Mounting evidence shows that school breakfast plays a key role in supporting the well-being of children by alleviating food insecurity, and improving health and educational outcomes.

Each year, Hunger Solutions New York releases its report to raise awareness about the need for increased school breakfast access and to provide legislators, school administrators and food service directors with methods to achieve that goal.

The report, which includes participation statistics for New York State’s public schools, is based on data provided by the New York State Education Department. Findings reveal 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.