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About School Breakfast
elementary school boy pouring milk onto his cereal at his classroom desk

State education agencies or agriculture departments typically administer the National School Breakfast Program at the state level, while local school food authorities operate it in schools.

Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for free meals, while those from families with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals. USDA reimburses schools for breakfasts served to students that qualify for free and reduced-price meal rates. Learn more with How School Meals Reach Kids, a No Kid Hungry resource for advocates and elected officials that traces the path of the funding that supports school breakfast and lunch from Congress to cafeteria. It also answers common questions that advocates and elected officials have about how the programs work.

School breakfast reimbursement rates for the 2018 - 2019 school year are as follows:

School Breakfast Programs (SY 18-19) Non-Severe Need Severe Need
Contiguous States Paid $0.31 $0.31
Reduced Price $1.49 $1.84
Free $1.79 $2.14
Alaska Paid $0.46 $0.46
Reduced Price $2.57 $3.13
Free $2.87 $3.43
Hawaii & Puerto Rico Paid $0.35 $0.35
Reduced Price $1.79 $2.20
Free $2.09 $2.50

For additional information, visit USDA’s School Breakfast Program page.  

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