Latest School Breakfast Program Report
Hunger Solutions New York has recently released its statewide report on School Breakfast Program (SBP) participation. The report confirms that school breakfast’s role in reducing hunger, bolstering student success, and improving health is critical and growing. The report includes county- and district-level statistics for New York State’s public schools. While the SBP plays an instrumental role in providing nutritional support to children who arrive at school hungry, it is greatly underutilized in New York State.
Studies show that children who face hunger are left behind. When a child goes needlessly hungry at the start of the school day, it undermines the time and valuable resources we invest in our public schools and the education of future generations. Furthermore, we not only miss out on student academic and health benefits associated with the program, but also on millions of dollars’ worth of additional federal funding that could enrich local school districts.
This report can help school superintendents learn more about strategies and action steps to increase access to and participation in the SBP.