North Carolina School Breakfast Challenge

No Kid Hungry North Carolina hosted a 2014 statewide Breakfast Challenge to encourage North Carolina preK-12 public schools to feed more kids breakfast, and the results were amazing! Below are highlights from the No Kid Hungry NC 2014 Breakfast Challenge. All numbers reported are based on participation among all students, not just those who are eligible for Free and Reduced-Price lunch. Partners joining No Kid Hungry NC in the 2014 Breakfast included the NC Department of Public Instruction, Southeast United Dairy Industry Association, and UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Challenge Highlights

Congratulations to the 2014 NC Breakfast Challenge Winning Schools, to the Top 50 Schools overall, all of which had a breakfast participation increase of more than 36%, and to the Top 15 Districts with the greatest participation in school breakfast.

  • More than 62% of North Carolina's 2,500 public schools enrolled in the 2014 Challenge!
  • Of the 1,567 schools enrolled in the Breakfast Challenge, 633 were CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) schools.
  • Of the Top 50 Breakfast Challenge winners, 31 were CEP schools, and 46 were schools with innovative breakfast models or served "universal" breakfast (free to all students).
  • Statewide, NC had a 36% school breakfast participation rate in October 2014 among all its students, representing an average increase of 2.3% over October 2013.
  • Schools in the Breakfast Challenge saw a 40% participation rate in October 2014, representing a 3.8% average increase over October 2013. In contrast, schools that were NOT enrolled in the Challenge had a 28% participation rate, on average, representing essentially no change from October 2013.
  • CEP schools had a 57% participation rate in October 2014, representing an average increase of 7.3% from October 2013!