Fast Facts about School Breakfast

  • Close to 60 percent (almost 900,000) of NC students in traditional public preK-12 schools are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.
  • Statewide, only 58 low-income children eat school breakfast for every 100 who eat school lunch.
  • Growing participation from the current 58 percent to the 70 percent goal would mean more than $22 million annually in additional funding for our state.
  • More than a fourth of NC schools are CEP, meaning the school is confirmed by the USDA to be area-eligible due to severe economic need under the federal Community Eligibility Provision so that all school meals can be served free.
  • Effectively all (98.4 percent) of NC schools that operate the National School Lunch Program also operate the School Breakfast Program.
  • Nationally, 93 percent of educators are concerned about the long-term effects hunger could have on children's education.

NC Department of Public Instruction March 2018
Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) Feb. 2017 and Feb. 2018