School Breakfast Program

Students start the day ready to learn and grow by eating breakfast. The School Breakfast Program (SBP) provides children with a nutritious meal that studies show is correlated with higher test scores, decreased emotional and behavioral problems, reduced food insecurity, less frequent visits to the nurse, and fewer school absences. 

Which schools participate?

All 24 Maryland public schools and 17 non-profit private schools and residential childcare institutions participate in the SBP, providing over 898,000 students with access to nutritious breakfasts each day. 

How does it work?

The SBP reimburses schools with federal dollars for meals that comply with the USDA nutrition standards. 

How do children qualify for free or reduced-price breakfast?

The cost of school breakfast for students is determined by each school district. Some students may qualify for free and reduced-price meals based on family income eligibility. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 - 185% of the poverty level may receive meals at a free or reduced price. Students in families receiving Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) and/or food stamp benefits are eligible for free meals. 

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Maryland Meals for Achievement

Maryland is a national leader in ensuring that students can start the day ready to learn with the Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA) program.  

How does it work?

MMFA provides state funds to supplement federal meal reimbursements. This allows participating schools to offer free breakfast in the classroom.  Currently, 581 schools participate in MMFA. 

What are the benefits to students and schools?

This program increases students’ access to and participation in breakfast. School administrators credit the MMFA with improving students' test scores, behavior, attendance, and wellbeing. Parents praise the program for helping prepare children for their academic day.