How does school breakfast affect academic achievement?



Does school breakfast have an impact on academic achievement? Recent research suggests that it can boost students' cognitive functioning, memory, and test grades. Researchers present their research showing links between participation in the School Breakfast Program and student learning. Watch this video to learn about this research.

Access free resources to help you increase participation in the School Breakfast Program in your community and across the United States on our Breakfast Resource page.

This video features the following experts:

  • Dr. David Frisvold.  Assistant Professor of Economics.  Emory University.

  • Dr. Charles E Basch.  Professor of Health and Education.  Teachers College, Columbia University.

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