To gauge the success and reach of the federal nutrition programs, FRAC charts participation in these programs through monthly updates, annual publications, and additional research. This section of FRAC’s website contains the latest reports and data for all the major federal nutrition programs.
School Breakfast Scorecard
An annual report tracking participation in the School Breakfast Program at the national and state level, FRAC compares the number of schools and the number of low-income children that participate in breakfast to those that participate in the National School Lunch Program to measure growth in the program. Participation continues to grow with more than 11.2 million low-income children eating breakfast at school.
School Breakfast: Making it Work in Large School Districts
Looking at selected school districts across the country, this annual FRAC analysis looks at school breakfast participation rates and policies to evaluate successful practices. The report continues to find that programs like breakfast in the classroom, “grab-and-go” breakfast, and Community Eligibility are leading to more children starting the day with breakfast.
National School Lunch Program: Trends and Factors Affecting Student Participation
This analysis delves into the complex and long-term economic and policy-related causes that are leading to changes in participation levels. It shows that lower family incomes and improvements to the eligibility process for school meals have led to a continuous increase in participation among low-income children; and rules on pricing of meals for other children have contributed to a multi-year decline in participation for those with higher family incomes.