Universal Free Breakfast to 1.7 Million PA Students as New School Year Begins
They say any successful school day starts with a full breakfast for students.
Governor Josh Shapiro knows that Pennsylvania students cannot expect to learn and succeed on an empty stomach – which is why he proposed providing free breakfast to every child in public schools in his first budget address. The 2023-24 budget delivers on this proposal – providing a $46.5 million increase to provide universal free breakfast to Pennsylvania’s 1.7 million public school students
Thanks to this increase, every public school student regardless of income will be eligible to receive free breakfast. The funding also provides free lunch to all 22,000 Pennsylvania students who are eligible for reduced-price lunches through the National School Lunch Program.
By providing universal free breakfast to Pennsylvania public school students we not only reduce hunger for students, we are also comba
ting stigma typically associated with food insecurity. Well-fed children are more likely to attend school, be better learners, and are more willing to participate in and out of the classroom. This is a true investment in our community and future,” said CEO of Child Hunger Outreach Partners Danielle Ruhf.
One of the bright spots in this year’s budget was funding provisioned for universal free breakfast for each of Pennsylvania’s 1.7 million public school students,” said state Senator Katie Muth.
Area public schools began opening on Tuesday with Bensalem welcoming back students for the 2022-23 academic year. Neshaminy opens Wednesday with Bristol Borough and Township, Falls and Morrisville opening next week,