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School Breakfast Program

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The School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a federally assisted meal program under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It operates in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions (RCCIs). The SBP provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts to children each school day. The program was established under the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 to ensure that all children have access to a healthy breakfast at school to promote learning readiness and healthy eating behaviors.

Eating breakfast can improve school performance! Research studies show that increased SBP participation is associated with better academic test scores, daily attendance, and class participation. The SBP has also been linked to reductions in student absences and tardiness.

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The Connecticut Breakfast Expansion Team (CBET) offers resources and assistance to help schools and districts start or grow a SBP. To learn more about CBET and the benefits of offering school breakfast, see Connecticut Breakfast Expansion Team.

For more resources, review the CSDE's Resources for Child Nutrition Programs webpage.
CONTACT: Monica Pacheco at or 860-807-2086
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Health, Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
Child Nutrition Programs
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 504
Hartford, CT 06103-1841

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