Could one breakfast program help improve math scores for more than 41,500 students?
That’s what one new initiative in Minnesota hopes to achieve.
According to the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press, the Minnesota School Breakfast Challenge is rewarding schools for serving more breakfast to low-income students.
Under the program, 30 of the state’s schools will earn money for serving more breakfasts to students than reported last year. Though it comes to a dime per additional breakfast, it could mean thousands of dollars for some schools.
Programs such as these are important to the dairy industry, because much of the milk that people consume during the day is consumed at breakfast time.
“We found that there are many students from low-income households who need breakfast but do not participate due to a number of reasons including time limitations, transportation and stigma,” said Peggy Flanagan, Executive Director of Children’s Defense Fund. “Making school breakfast universal or part of the classroom experience are proven ways to improve participation by all students. By assisting schools in their efforts to increase the number of breakfasts they serve, our overarching goal is to address child hunger.”
A study released earlier this year found that students who eat school breakfast scored higher on math tests, attended more days of school and were significantly more likely to graduate. Read more here.
For Minnesota students, that could mean 62,508 additional school days attended, 41,672 better math scores and 10,418 more graduates. Click here to learn more.