Project: School Breakfast Program: Participation and Impacts
Award Year: 2006
Amount of award, fiscal 2006: $120,000.00
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Principal Investigator: Judi Bartfeld
Status: Completed
Detailed Objective: The School Breakfast Program is an important component of the nutrition safety net, serving over 9 million children each school day. Despite the scope of the program, the extent to which the School Breakfast Program is available and the degree to which students participate vary significantly. Furthermore, the factors related to this variability are not well understood and the impact of the program on various measures of child well-being remains uncertain.

This project has three goals, all related to the School Breakfast Program. The first goal is to identify household and contextual factors that predict program participation, focusing on characteristics of program operations in a particular school as well as on characteristics of the local economic and social/political climate. The second goal is to determine the impact of program availability on the likelihood that students go without breakfast on school days, including an examination of how this impact may differ by household characteristics. The final goal is to assess the impact of participation on household food security.

Topic: Food Security, School Lunch and Breakfast
Dataset: Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Class (ECLS-K)
Bartfeld, J., and K. Myoung. “Participation in the School Breakfast Program: New Evidence from the ECLS-K,” Social Service Review, Vol. 84, No. 4, December 2010.
Bartfeld, J., and K. Myoung. “The School Breakfast Program Strengthens Household Food Security among Low-Income Households with Elementary School Children,” The Journal of Nutrition, Vol. 141, No. 3, March 2011.
Bartfeld, J., M. Kim, J. Ryu, and H-M. Ahn. The School Breakfast Program: Participation and Impacts, Contractor and Cooperator Report No. 54, USDA, ERS, July 2009.