CPPP Written Testimony on Expansion of School Breakfast Program

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Celia Cole /(512) 320-0222 x110

February 18, 2009

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Last session, HB 4062 directed TDA to study the National School Breakfast Program and make recommendations to the 81st Legislature for increasing participation in the program. Numerous studies before TDA’s have explored the importance of eating breakfast at school. This research has shown that school breakfast improves academic performance, decreases behavioral problems, and improves children’s nutritional health. Despite its documented value, only a little over half of all low-income students in Texas public schools eat school breakfast, when compared to those who eat lunch. Based on its study, TDA has recommended ways to increase school breakfast participation. The Legislature should help TDA implement these recommendations by funding school breakfast expansion initiatives.