Missouri School Breakfast Report

Volume 2, School Year 2018-2019

School Breakfast Program participation increased by 1.1% in the 2018-2019 school year compared to the previous year. Despite the increase in participation, only half of all possible free or reduced-price breakfasts were served. Schools that implement strategies such as Breakfast After the Bell and the Community Eligibility Provision have significantly higher participation than schools that do not use these strategies. Find out more in the School Breakfast Trend Reports below.

Key Findings

  • On average, 61.7 free and reduced-price breakfasts were served for every 100 free and reduced-price lunches.
  • Southeast Central Region has the highest breakfast participation at 66.6:100.
  • Schools using the Community Eligibility Provision were 2.2 times more likely to have high breakfast participation.
  • Schools that have implemented Breakfast After the Bell were 1.9 times more likely to have high breakfast participation.
  • Elementary Schools have the highest breakfast to lunch ratio at 71.3:100.

Volume 1, School Year 2017-2018

This baseline report analyzes school breakfast in Missouri during the 2017-2018 school year and offers valuable insights to school administrators and policymakers. While Missouri is ranked 15th for school breakfast participation in the United States, opportunities exist to reach more students. School breakfast programs are cost-effective, beneficial to school districts and empowering for students, setting them up for success in the classroom and beyond.

Key Findings

  • On average, 60 free and reduced-price breakfasts were served for every 100 free and reduced-price lunches.
  • Southeast Central Region has the highest breakfast participation at 66.6:100.
  • Schools using the Community Eligibility Provision were 2.2 times more likely to have high breakfast participation.
  • Schools that have implemented Breakfast After the Bell were 1.7 times more likely to have high breakfast participation.
  • Elementary Schools have the highest breakfast to lunch ratio at 69:100.