- Free or reduced-price school lunches reduce food insecurity by at least 3.8 percent;
- Access to school breakfast decreases the risk of food insecurity and breakfast-skipping, especially among low-income children;
- New nutrition standards, which took effect in the 2012-2013 school year, improve nutritional outcomes among students, including improvements in fruit and vegetable selection and consumption;
- Low-income students who eat both school breakfast and lunch have significantly better overall diet quality than their peers who do not eat school meals; and
- Participation in federally funded nutrition programs provided in child care, preschool, school, or summer settings is associated with a significantly lower body mass index among young, low-income children.
Source: Food Research & Action Council, 8/23/16, School Meal Benefits