PA School Breakfast Challenge
Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, but far too many Pennsylvania children don’t get the nutrition they need. National data makes clear that Pennsylvania still has a long way to go to ensure that eligible students start their day with the fuel they need to learn. According to the “School Breakfast Scorecard 2015” issued by the national Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), Pennsylvania ranks 41st nationally, with only 45% of low-income children in Pennsylvania who eat school lunch are also participating in school breakfast.
To help highlight the importance of school breakfast and offer incentives to schools that make meaningful changes to increase student access to school breakfast, the Pennsylvania School Breakfast Partners group is launching the:
Second Pennsylvania School Breakfast Challenge
About the Challenge
- Schools may enter the Challenge anytime from March 6 through August 15, 2015, REGISTER HERE. This extended entry period is intended to allow schools time to get new initiatives off the ground at the start of the 2015-2016 school year with the support of their communities-school administrators, food service directors, teachers, school board members and parents.
- Schools that achieve the largest increases in school breakfast participation will be awarded prizes! Participation increases will be measured comparing average daily breakfast participation from September-December 2014 to average daily breakfast participation from September-December 2015. Prizes, including cash awards and tickets to sporting events, will be awarded in spring, 2016.
- For a list of prizes awarded in the first PA School Breakfast Challenge in 2015, as well as our generous sponsors, please see: 2014 Challenge Winners
We invite all schools to enter the Pennsylvania School Breakfast Challenge to ensure each Pennsylvania child starts their school day ready to learn!
The Pennsylvania School Breakfast Challenge is made possible through a broad public/private partnership group that includes child and anti-hunger organizations, state administrative and policy staff, education associations, food retailers, dairy councils, and the faith community. For a full list of partners, please see: 2015-2016 Pennsylvania School Breakfast Challenge Partners
Why School Breakfast Matters
We all know that children do better in class when they start their day with breakfast. But far too many students in Pennsylvania still are not getting the nutrition they need at school, which can negatively affect their health as well as their ability to learn and succeed academically.
Together, we can address this problem. The School Breakfast Program is proven to decrease discipline and behavioral problems, visits to the school nurse, and tardiness in schools, while increasing student attentiveness and attendance. Studies also find that students who eat school breakfast show improved reading and math skills, as well as higher scores on standardized tests.
By ensuring more students have access to school breakfast, we can help to improve health and learning outcomes for all children in Pennsylvania. Learn more
- 2015 Pennylvania School Breakfast Challenge Grants & Resources [pdf]
- School Breakfast Challenge Overview [pdf]
- Fact Sheet: How School Breakfast Improves Academic Performance (FRAC) [pdf]
- Fact Sheet: How School Breakfast Improves Child Health (FRAC) [pdf]
- Chart: Choosing the Right Breakfast Model for Your School (FRAC) [pdf]
- Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association: Resources on Expanding School Breakfast
- American Dairy Association and Dairy Council
- Project PA: School Breakfast Resources