Is 'Universal Free Breakfast' the way to go?



Researchers explain how serving school breakfast for free to all children benefits both students and schools. Watch this video to hear about this important 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. Amy Schwartz. Professor of Public Policy, Education, and Economics. New York University.

  • Dr. Dallas Dotter. Economist.

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Articles referenced in this video include:

1. Basch CE. Breakfast and the achievement gap among urban minority youth. J Sch Health. 2011;81(10):635-640.

2. Cooper R, Levin M. School breakfast scorecard: school year 2010-2011. Washington, DC: Food Research and Action Center (FRAC); January 2012. Accessed February 11, 2014

3. Dotter D. Panel Paper: Breakfast at the desk: The impact of universal breakfast programs on academic performance. Paper presented at: Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Fall Research Conference; November 7, 2013; Washington, DC.

4. Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). Why Offer School Breakfast Free to All Children? 2009. Accessed February 11, 2014.

5. Leos-Urbel J, Schwartz AE, Weinstein M, Corcoran S. Not just for poor kids: The impact of universal free school breakfast on meal participation and student outcomes. Econ Educ Rev. 2013;36:88-107.

6. Murphy JM, Pagano ME, Nachmani J, Sperling P, Kane S, Kleinman RE. The relationship of school breakfast to psychosocial and academic functioning: cross-sectional and longitudinal observations in an inner-city school sample. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1998;152(9):899-907.