The School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts to children each school day. The program is meant to ensure that all children have access to a healthy breakfast at school to promote learning readiness and healthy eating behaviors.
Every student needs to eat breakfast because a hungry child cannot learn. Yet many children come to school without eating breakfast. Children may not eat breakfast because they do not have time or are not hungry when they wake up. With busy family schedules, many children are left to prepare breakfast on their own. Those who do eat may choose low-nutrient foods that do not sustain energy levels throughout the morning. For some children, food insufficiency may be an issue. Others eat breakfast so early they are hungry again when they get to school. Whatever the reason, the School Breakfast Program can help. Many core subjects are taught in the morning, so make sure school breakfast fuels your child with the energy needed to perform better in school.