During the 2014-2015 school year, only 34.3 low-income children in Utah ate school breakfast for every 100 that received free or reduced-price lunch, resulting in Utah being ranked last in the nation for school breakfast participation…

The Utah Breakfast Expansion Team* (UBET) released the report, Starting the Day Right: Best Practices for Increasing School Breakfast Participation in Utah Schools. This report measures the reach of the School Breakfast Program (SBP) throughout Utah by comparing the number of low-income children eating school lunch to the number of such children eating school breakfast.

The report:

  • Describes alternative breakfast delivery models that can help increase school breakfast participation.
  • Promotes the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom grant for increasing school breakfast participation in high poverty schools.
  • Gives recommendations for Utah’s school district leaders, education leaders at the state level, and for state legislators.
  • Provides valuable school breakfast participation data tables that can help in assessing the success of current School Breakfast Programs.

Questions regarding this report can be directed to Marti Woolford, Nutrition Initiatives Director, Utahns Against Hunger (UAH), at woolford@uah.org or 801-328-2561.

*The Utah Breakfast Expansion Team was formed in 2014 in response to Utah’s consistently low participation in the School Breakfast Program. UBET works to increase participation in SBP among low-income students. UBET is a collaboration of Utahns Against Hunger, Utah State Board of Education, Utah State University Extension-Food $ense, Utah State University Extension Salt Lake County and Wayne County, Dairy Council of Utah Nevada, Utah Department of Health-Healthy Living Through Environment, Policy & Improved Clinic Care Program, Brigham Young University-Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science and Health Sciences, and Granite Education Association.

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