What Is The School Breakfast Program (SBP)?
- The School Breakfast Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions.
- It began as a pilot project in 1966, and was made permanent in 1975.
- The School Breakfast Program is administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service.
- At the State level, the program is usually administered by State education agencies, which operate the program through agreements with local school food authorities in more than 78,000 schools and institutions.
How Does The School Breakfast Program Work?
- The School Breakfast Program operates in the same manner as the National School Lunch Program. Generally, public or nonprofit private schools of high school grade or under and public or nonprofit private residential child care institutions may participate in the School Breakfast Program.
- School districts and independent schools that choose to take part in the breakfast program receive cash subsidies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for each meal they serve. In return, they must serve breakfasts that meet Federal requirements, and they must offer free or reduced price breakfasts to eligible children.
What Are The Nutritional Requirements?
- School breakfasts must meet the applicable recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans which recommend that no more than 30 percent of an individual’s calories come from fat, and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. In addition, breakfasts must provide one-fourth of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for protein, calcium, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and calories.
- The decisions about what specific food to serve and how they are prepared are made by local school food authorities.
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