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New study finds too many kids missing out federal school breakfast programs

Posted at 8:29 AM, Feb 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 15:38:59-05

A new report breaks down whether students around the country are taking advantage of school breakfast programs and getting the nutrition they need.

The report ranked all 50 states and D.C on their school breakfast programs.

Maryland was ranked high on the list coming in at number 12. The study was done by the Food Research and Action Center. It looked at how many students start their day with a healthy meal through federal breakfast programs at their schools.

They ranked each state and D.C. on the number of low-income students participating in the school breakfast program compared to students participating in the lunch program.

The study found that more students across the country are getting a healthy school breakfast. However, there are still many students missing out.

According to the school breakfast scorecard, West Virginia tops the list. New Mexico and Vermont coming in second and third.

While this score is still high on the list, Maryland slipped a few points from the 2016-2017 school year when it was ranked the ninth state.

The president of the food research and action center stating the benefits of school breakfast are numerous, less hunger, better test scores, improved student health and fewer distractions from hunger during classroom learning.