Students who receive a nutritious breakfast at school increase their math and reading scores, improve their memory and score higher on tests compared to students who skip breakfast or eat breakfast at home, sometimes hours before class and/or a test.
Right now, Pennsylvania ranks 39th on the Food Research & Action Center’s (FRAC) School Breakfast Scorecard, as only about 51 percent of children who qualify for free and reduced-price lunch are also enrolled in the School Breakfast Program.
Currently, Allegheny County shows slightly better participation in school breakfast, with about 57 out of every 100 students participating in the program. For more information, click here.
Because Pennsylvania’s need for the School Breakfast Program is so great compared to the rest of the country, we are currently working to expand our outreach by working with school districts to increase participation by implementing alternative options for participation, including Grab’n Go Breakfast Cart and Breakfast in the Classroom.
Our regional coordinators also meet with schools to promote the Community Eligibility option, which enables school districts with at least 40 percent low-income students to offer meals to all students, regardless of meeting eligibility requirements.
To learn how you can partner with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank in providing school breakfast to students, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.