The School Breakfast Program is a critical, proven way to reduce hunger and improve health and learning among school-age children.

With the passage of the Healthy Schools Act of 2010, school breakfast is free for all students in D.C. Public Schools and public charter schools.

The District of Columbia ranks third in the nation for school breakfast participation, according to the Food Research & Action Center’s School Breakfast Scorecard. At least 65 low-income children received school breakfast for every 100 participating in school lunch in the 2016-2017 school year. Part of this success is due to the widespread adoption of Community Eligibility, which allows high-poverty schools to offer free meals, and the continued positive impact of the D.C. Healthy Schools Act which required high-poverty schools to offer breakfast in the classroom or other alternative serving methods.

Progress is being made, but greater investments are needed to ensure more low-income children start their day ready to learn.

Breakfast after the Bell models provide innovative ways to increase breakfast participation.Watch this video to learn more about breakfast after the bell, grab and go, and second chance breakfast.