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Why Increase School Breakfast Participation:

Did you know?

Studies show that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for children. Eating school breakfast improves children’s educational performance, behavior, and health.

School breakfast improves children’s educational performance:

  • Children who eat a complete breakfast make fewer mistakes and work faster on math tests than children who eat a partial breakfast.
  • Children who eat breakfast at school, closer to class and test-taking time, perform better on standardized tests than those who skip breakfast or eat breakfast at home.
  • Children who eat breakfast show improved cognitive function, attention, and memory.
  • Participating in school breakfast is associated with improved math grades, attendance, and punctuality.

School Breakfast improves children’s attendance and behavior:

  • Schools that provide breakfast in the classroom to all students show decreases in tardiness and suspensions as well as improved student behavior and attentiveness.  
  • Providing students with breakfast in the classroom is associated with fewer disciplinary measures.
  • Children who participate in school breakfast have lower rates of absenteeism.

Breakfast improves children’s diets and overall health:

  • Children who eat breakfast tend to have more adequate nutrient intake than children who do not.
  • Children and adolescents who eat breakfast are more likely to maintain a healthy body weight.


Adapted from The Food Research and Action Center’s “Breakfast for Learning” Child Nutrition Factsheet.

Contact Sarah Liewer, Program Coordinator for more information

Did you know that Nebraska ranks 48th in the nation for children accessing breakfast? Yet 1 in 5 children don’t know where their next meal will come from. Hunger Free Heartland works with schools to provide practical ideas and implementation plans so they can increase participation in school breakfast.


What Hunger Free Heartland Offers

  • Step by step consultation for implementing an alternative breakfast program
  • Ready to use surveys for school faculty and community members
  • Data collection and analyzing for implementation and after
  • Marketing plans for launching the new program
  • Assistance with equipment grants

Also check out out Breakfast Toolkit to help you get started

Contact Sarah Liewer, Program Coordinator for assistance