The Breakfast Effect


Breakfast Effect Introduction

Introduction to the Breakfast Effect Video Series

Breakfast and Achievement

How does school breakfast affect academic achievement?

Breakfast and Health

How does school breakfast impact children's nutrition?

Breakfast Effect Health

How does school breakfast affect children's health?

Universal Free Breakfast

Is "Universal Free Breakfast" the way to go?

Breakfast in the Classroom

Should school breakfast be served in the classroom?

Promote school breakfast in your district!

Promote school breakfast in your district!


Call to Action for Researchers and Funders of Research

Breakfast supports children in body and mind. Recent research reveals that children who eat breakfast are healthier and perform better in school than children who don’t.

Studies have linked breakfast to

  • improved nutrition   

  • healthier weight

  • better cognitive functioning and memory   

  • increased academic achievement and test grades

The National School Breakfast Program is uniquely positioned to increase the number of children who eat a healthy breakfast, preparing students to be motivated in school and ready to learn.

Researchers have recently found that:

  • School breakfast is an under-used resource. In fact, less than half of eligible students participate in the School Breakfast Program.

  • Eating school breakfast is linked to improved scores on math, reading, and science tests.

  • Children who eat school breakfast may have a better intake of vitamins and minerals.

  • Eating school breakfast can protect children from the risk of obesity-related diseases like diabetes.

  • Offering free breakfast to all children benefits both students and their schools.

  • Serving school breakfast in the classroom can boost children’s health and academic achievement.

Learn more about the research behind the School Breakfast Program and see what you can do to increase access to and participation in school breakfast for children in your community and across the United States.  Access free toolkits, sample menus, and more from Action for Healthy Kids, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, the Food Research and Action Center, Fuel Up to Play 60, GENYOUth Foundation, National Dairy Council, and No Kid Hungry at our Breakfast Resource page.

These videos are also available on YouTube and TeacherTube.