By: Nikki Nies
First established by Congress in 1966, the School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a national program that offers free, nutritious breakfast to school aged children. This program has been very critical in many children’s growth and academic standing, with some depending on the SBP to provide them the necessary foods they otherwise would not have access to.
Time and time again, research finds that eating breakfast is the most important meal of the day and can have a positive impact on the rest of the day’s food choices and influence behavioral factors.
The SBP provides per meal cash reimbursements to public, private and nonprofit schools. Run by the USDA and state department of education and/or agriculture, the SBP is free to any students who meet income critieria eligibility and that attend a participating SBP school.
- At or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for free school meals.
- Between 130 and 185 percent of federal poverty level qualify for reduced-price meals and can be charged no more than 30 cents per breakfast.
- Above 185 percent of the federal poverty level pay charges (referred to as “paid meals”) which are set by the school, but schools receive a small federal reimbursement for such children.
Check out the new FRAC interactive map to find out what school breakfast looks like in your state. If you’re not already enrolled in the SBP, peruse the following website to find out more information.
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