Status: Getting worse

Getting worse

Most Recent Data:
23.6 percent (2019-20)

34.9 percent

Desired Direction:
Increase desired

30.2 percent of students attending schools enrolled in the School Breakfast Program at the beginning of the school year participated in it through free, reduced price, and paid meals received in the school year 2017-18 1

Increase the proportion of students participating in the School Breakfast Program

Target-Setting Method
Percentage point improvement


The School Breakfast Program lowers the risk of food insecurity and helps children eat healthier. Increasing participation in the program can help students do better in school and address behavior and mental health concerns related to food insecurity. Strategies to provide breakfast after the school day starts and to offer free breakfast to all students can increase participation in the program.


Baseline has been revised. See Data Details for more information.