UNCG Campus Weekly

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Cross-discipline ‘school breakfast study’

Backed by the USDA, which funds breakfast programs in public schools, Dr. David Ribar (Economics) and Dr. Lauren Haldeman (Nutrition) studied the Guilford County Schools’ universal-free breakfast program. Their findings, now under peer review for journal publication, are a useful microcosm of similar programs across the country.

Foremost in those findings is evidence that giving all kids access to free breakfast at school, rather than qualifying kids based on income, decreases the stigma for kids from low-income families and increases participation among all children. Scaling back universal-free breakfast programs appears to have little impact on school performance and, oddly enough, may slightly increase school attendance.

Full story at UNCG News.

By Michelle Hines