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 Benefits of Breakfast 

School meal programs are a critical component of the fight against hunger and food insecurity in Florida and across the nation. Millions of children rely on federal food programs such as the National School Breakfast Program as their primary source of nutrition. Implementing high quality school breakfast programs in our schools is an effective means of promoting higher academic performance, lower rates of absenteeism, greater mental and physical health outcomes, and improved behavior, all while helping to eradicate hunger in some of the nation’s most disparate communities.

  • Breakfast benefits academics

  • Breakfast benefits physical health

  • Breakfast benefits mental health and behavior

  • Breakfast benefits school districts


Based on the 2016-2017 school year, Florida would receive over $75 million in additional funding for bringing breakfast participation to 70% of free and reduced-price lunch participation.

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