JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KSDK) - More low-income children received breakfast at school during the 2011-2012 school year, according to a spokesperson for the Missouri Association for Social Welfare.
The School Breakfast Scorecard is released each year by the Food Research and Action Center, and found that 54 children were fed breakfast for each 100 who received lunch. This is an increase from the previous school year when the ratio was 51 receiving breakfast for every 100 that receive lunch.
Jeanette Mott Oxford, Executive Director of MASW says this increase helps students stay healthy, and boosts test score.
This was also the first school year nationally in which more than half of all low-income students who participate in a lunch program also participate in a breakfast program.
MASW says more than 90 percent of schools that offer the National School Lunch Program also offer the School Breakfast Program.