PA School Breakfast Challenge
Congratulations to our winners!
From January through March 2014, more than 1,000 school competed in the inaugural Pennsylvania School Breakfast Challenge, which aims to increase participation in the School Breakfast Program to ensure all students start their day off right.
Kudos to all of the schools that completed the Challenge for demonstrating leadership and commitment to their students' health and learning. See a full list of winners.
About the Challenge
The Department of Education, local businesses and anti-hunger organizations across the state worked together to launch the first-ever School Breakfast Challenge in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett served as co-chairs of this initiative (see Gov. Corbett's invitation to schools).
Schools that participated in the Pennsylvania School Breakfast Challenge received technical assistance and equipment to improve their breakfast programs. The goal of the Challenge was for each registered school to increase student participation by at least 30 percent.
Schools that achieved the largest gains in breakfast participation received cash prizes and other awards when the Challenge ended in the spring of 2014. Read more
- December 20, 2013: Registration deadline for schools to sign up for the Challenge. Although the deadline has passed, schools that are still interested in registering should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- January 2014: Challenge Kickoff. Participating schools start the Challenge by implementing improvements to their breakfast program. Schools can receive free technical assistance and equipment to help them with this process.
- June 2014: Awards Presentation. Schools with the largest increases in breakfast participation during the Challenge will receive cash prizes and other awards.
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 aren’t getting the nutrition they need at school, which can negatively affect their health as well as their ability to learn and succeed academically.
More than half of low-income students who eat lunch at school do not receive school breakfast. Pennsylvania ranks 38th in the country for school breakfast participation, according to the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC).
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
- Pinnacle Food Service Breakfast Building Grant Program: Provides grants of up to $1,000 to schools to increase breakfast participation. Awarded on a rolling basis.
- Fact Sheet: About the PA School Breakfast Challenge [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
- Gov. Corbett's School Breakfast Challenge invitation