The Kansas City, Kan. School District was in the top 10 among districts nationwide with high student participation in the school breakfast program.
The Food Research and Action Center reports that school breakfast participation is up. That’s a good thing. Breakfast is called one of the most important meals of the day, enabling young people to be more focused to academically excel in school.
The action center said in the 2013-2014 school year, an average of 11.2 million low-income children ate a healthy morning meal each day at school. That was an increase of 320,000 children from the previous school year. The finding is from the action center’s School Breakfast Scorecard on state trends and School Breakfast — Making it Work in Large Districts.
The action center compares the school breakfast program participation with low-income children receiving school lunches. Nationally, 53 low-income children ate school breakfast for every 100 who also ate the school lunch. That was up from the previous school year ratio of 52:100 and above the 43:100 ratio 10 years ago.
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Kansas City Public Schools provides breakfasts and lunches at no cost to all students. The majority of the youths qualify for the free or reduced meals.
Of the 62 large, mostly urban school districts in the studies, the 10 districts with the highest participation rates were the Los Angeles Unified School District; Newark Public Schools; the San Antonio Independent School District; the Houston Independent School District; Shelby County, Tennessee Schools; the Boise School District; Kansas City, Kan. district; Detroit Public Schools; Cincinnati Public Schools; and the Syracuse City School District. All had programs that allowed students to eat breakfast in their classrooms at the start of the school day.