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School Breakfast Program – How Does Your State Rank?

Touch the Soil News #642 (feature Photo – School Breakfast – USDA)

According to Feeding America (the nation’s food banking network) approximately 1 in 5 children live in poverty and simultaneously are food insecure. While food banks strive to stave off hunger in America, it is school lunch and breakfast programs that are a major safety net for children under 18.

In the last school year (2015-2016) an average of 12.1 million students eligible to receive free and reduced price breakfast participated in the School Breakfast Program. Participation in the School Breakfast Program increase 3.7 percent over the year, or nearly 433,000 more children from the previous year. During this same time, the National School Lunch Program served 21.6 million low-income children

The Food Research and Action Center recently put out a scorecard, rating states on their School Breakfast Programs. Participation in the School Breakfast Program has increased nearly 50 percent over the past 10 years. Following are the top ten and the bottom ten rankings of States in the School Breakfast Program:

Top 10 States

  1. West Virginia
  2. New Mexico
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Tennessee
  5. Maryland
  6. Kentucky
  7. Arkansas
  8. Texas
  9. Vermont
  10. South Carolina


Bottom 10 States

42) New York

43) Illinois

44) South Dakota

45) Washington

46) Iowa

47) Hawaii

48) Nebraska

49) Wyoming

50) New Hampshire

51) Utah

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