On February 13, 2019, The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) released School Breakfast: Making it Work in Large School Districts. Of the 76 large school districts surveyed for this report, 21 achieved FRAC’s benchmark of serving 70 low-income children with school breakfast for every 100 receiving school lunch for the 2018-2018 school year. LAUSD and Dallas ISD are among the top-performing school districts. Breakfast after the bell and community eligibility played a key role in boosting participation. A high proportion of students from LAUSD and Dallas ISD receive free or reduced-priced meals due to economic challenges at home, making these meals all the more important.
Member districts of the Urban School Food Alliance continue to share best practices to increase breakfast participation and to elevate the school meal experience for students.