As the nation’s poorest big city, it is common knowledge that tens of thousands of students struggle with food insecurity. The federal Community Eligibility Program makes it easy to provide every student in Philadelphia with free breakfast and lunch. Unfortunately, too many of Philadelphia’s students attend schools that don’t prioritize increasing access to these meals.
Students who eat school breakfast perform better in school than children who don't, yet:
- Only 39.6% of public school students eligible for breakfast in the Philadelphia School District receive it.
- 100 of 220 District schools serve breakfast to fewer than 30% of students in attendance.
- In 35 of the 74 charter schools that offer free breakfast, fewer than 30% of students actually receive it. Four charter schools do not offer any breakfast.