Twenty-eight years ago, FRAC released its first School Breakfast Scorecard.
The Scorecard featured a ranking system that awarded states stars for scoring above the national average in various categories, including School Participation and Low-Income Student Participation:
The 1992 report set the first national benchmark for school breakfast participation, and the report’s release contributed to over 25 states passing legislation requiring schools with a high proportion of low-income students to serve breakfast.
Today, our scorecard uses only numbers to rank states, and the number of low-income children participating in the School Breakfast Program has grown from 3.7 million in 1992 to 12.4 million in the 2018-2019 school year. Over the last 28 years, innovative models such as breakfast after the bell have helped increase overall participation in school breakfast.