The School Breakfast Program
How can my child get free breakfast in D.C.?
With the passage of the Healthy Schools Act, breakfast is now free for all students enrolled in D.C. public and public charter schools.
D.C. School Breakfast Participation Data
During the 2013-2014 school year:
- An average of 30,123 low-income children in 230 schools participated in school breakfast each day.
- 223 D.C. schools (both public and public charter) out of 230 school that participated in the National School Lunch Program also participated in the School Breakfast Program.
- 70 children received free breakfast for every 100 children
School Breakfast Resources
School Breakfast: Start the Day Ready to Learn
What’s inside: tips on how administrators, principals, teachers, and food and nutrition services staff can help increase breakfast participation and meet the requirements of the D.C. Healthy Schools Act.
Get the Facts: A Resource Guide for the Federal Nutrition Programs (pdf) is for social service providers, afterschool programs, schools, shelters, health clinics, faith-based organization, child development centers, food banks, and others.
- The School Breakfast section includes: what institutions can participate, how the program works, alternative breakfast service ideas, reimbursement and funding information, and benefits to students and schools.
How to Get Food in the District of Columbia (pdf) is for anyone who would like to sign up for, or find out more information on, federal food programs.
- The School Breakfast section answers a number of questions, including: Who qualifies, and when to apply..
Visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Web site section on the School Breakfast Program.
Visit the Food Research and Action Center's Web site for School Breakfast advocacy and program information.
Visit the D.C. Public Schools Office of Food and Nutrition Services website to learn more about breakfast in DC public schools.