The Food Research & Action Center recently released its annual School Breakfast Scorecard, which ranks states on the rate of participation in the national School Breakfast Program. We are excited to report that Colorado is now ranked 11th in the nation, compared to 20th last year and 44th nationally in 2009, for school breakfast participation by low-income students.
Increasing school breakfast participation was a focus of a five-year campaign, in partnership with the Governor’s office and Share Our Strength, which concluded with a celebration in February 2015. Hunger Free Colorado was a driving force behind the Breakfast After the Bell legislation, which passed with bipartisan support in 2013, to ensure more schools offer breakfast to all students after the school day begins to fuel learning and set kids up for success. The state law, along with other school districts and schools adopting after-the-bell breakfast service model, contributed to the substantial increase in the number of breakfasts served as well as the greatly-improved national ranking.
Thanks to all who contributed to the growth of this vital program — and ensuring kids have access to the nutrition needed to thrive and reach their potential in school!