HISD Gets A Positive Bump For Breakfast Program

The Houston Independent School District has a reason to celebrate this week. A new report on school breakfast programs ranks HISD high.

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) released figures this week on participation in the National School Breakfast ProgramHISD came in as the number three district with 78% of low-income kids eating breakfast at school. That’s an increase of over 20 percent on last year’s numbers. Detroit was second and Newark, New Jersey came out on top. FRAC’s Madeleine Levin feels that when this program is actually used in the school everyone wins.

"What’s been very consistent is the finding that school districts that implement Breakfast in the Classroom throughout their district like Houston has done have the best participation levels."

While Levin believes this is a success, Dr. Bob Sanborn with Children at Risk thinks that there’s more work to do in Houston. 

"We know that every morning just in Harris County about 300,000 kids that are eligible for free breakfast will not get the free breakfast because school districts are underutilizing the federal money available to them to feed hungry children."

Sanborn emphasizes that it’s actually pretty easy to implement the program because the federal government pays for it making it cost neutral for school districts. He hopes this incentive will encourage more districts to apply for that funding and that the number of kids who get breakfast in our schools will continue to grow year on year.

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Edel Howlin

Producer, Houston Matters

Edel is a producer on Houston Matters and reporter for PBS’s Newshour Weekend...