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Cereal and milk counts. Frozen waffles and some juice counts. We're not talking about four-course eggs benedict here. We can do this.
Children who start the day with breakfast consume more vitamins, minerals, and kilocalories than those who do not eat breakfast and have a better overall diet as measured by the Healthy Eating Index (HEI). In addition, children commit fewer errors on psychological tests on days when they eat breakfast compared with days when they skip breakfast.
-The School Breakfast Program (SBP) was started to "help contribute to the adequate nutrient intake of children and to ensure that they did not begin their school day hungry." The SBP began in 1966 as a pilot project through the Child Nutrition Act and became permanent in 1975 through amendments to the Act. Currently, the SBP is available in more than 72 000 schools nationwide. In 1975, approximately 1.8 million children participated in the SBP; by 2000, that number increased to approximately 7.5 million. Data from some studies suggest that children who participate in the SBP have increased total dietary intake; improved test scores, math grades, and attendance rates; and decreased tardiness rates. According to data analyzed from the 1994-96 Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals, children in low-income households who ate school breakfast had significantly higher HEI scores than children who ate breakfast at home or elsewhere and children who did not eat breakfast.