A state or local report on breakfast participation can be an effective tool for promoting expansion. Similar to our annual School Breakfast Scorecard, state and local reports can compare school districts’ free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch participation, and calculate the federal dollars lost by not serving more low-income students. Advocates can use this report to identify which districts are effectively reaching low-income students with breakfast, and which are not.
Follow these steps to create a School Breakfast Report for your state using FRAC’s School Breakfast Report Calculator.
Start by requesting School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program participation data by school district from your state agency.
What to Ask For:
While we’ve tried to make the School Breakfast Report Calculator easy to use, it is important to know what data you need in order to begin. Each state is different, so working with state officials to get the data in a simple to use format may be a challenge. Here is what you will need:
How to Check for Accuracy:
It is important to double check the data from the state agency to ensure accuracy. There are several steps at different points in the process that can be taken to ensure that the published report accurately reflects participation rates:
Once you have received the requested data and taken the recommended steps to ensure accuracy, follow the instructions provided in FRAC’s School Breakfast Report Calculator to input the data.
The School Breakfast Report Calculator will automatically:
After inputting the data into the calculator and reviewing for accuracy, use the findings to compile a compelling report including success stories from high-ranking districts and identify successful strategies in your state that are working to increase school breakfast participation. Many states have published school breakfast reports in various forms, so you should consider what will work best for your state. For example, states with county-wide school districts may want to present the data in a different manner than states with hundreds of smaller districts.
FRAC has created a State School Breakfast Report Template and below are examples of recent state reports:
State Report Examples:
Connecticut School Breakfast Report Card (pdf), End Hunger Connecticut!
A Good Start for Learning: School Breakfast Participation in Florida (pdf), Florida Impact
Reducing Child Hunger with the School Breakfast Program (pdf), Maryland Hunger Solutions
Food for Thought: New Jersey School Breakfast Report (pdf), Advocates for Children of New Jersey
Success Begins with School Breakfast: School Breakfast Program Participation in New York State Public Schools (pdf), Hunger Solutions New York
Ohio School Breakfast Scorecard (pdf), Children’s Hunger Alliance
Texas School Breakfast Report Card (pdf), Texas Hunger Initiative
State school breakfast reports can provide a jumping off point for a state campaign to increase school breakfast participation and a yearly progress report on the impact of efforts to expand participation in the program. State reports can also help advocates engage the community in advocating for school districts with low participation rates to implement strategies to increase participation through media and outreach.
Below are sample outreach and media resources to be used at the local and state level in connection with state school breakfast reports:
Statewide press release template (MSWord) – customize this template for use at the state or local level.