Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, and recent studies have confirmed this long-held truth. Unfortunately, many students come to class without eating breakfast, either at home or at their school.

Breakfast After the bell incorporates breakfast into the school day and significantly increases participation. Traditional school breakfast is served in the cafeteria before school hours. Alternative breakfast programs that give students a meal at their desk or a second chance to grab a bite to eat can double student participation or more!

Benefits of Breakfast After the Bell:

  • Improved academic performance and higher math scores.

  • Improved attendance rates and lower chronic absenteeism.

  • Improved behavior and lower suspension rates.

  • Higher graduation rates.


Based on 2015-2016 school year.

Based on 2015-2016 school year.

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San Diego Hunger Coalition provides free hands-on technical assistance for school districts to start Breakfast After the Bell. Our experienced team assesses financial feasibility, builds consensus amongst stakeholders (e.g. parents, teachers, custodians), and helps districts with grant writing for start-up costs.

 If you are interested in starting Universal Free Meals in your school district, please contact Paloma Perez Bertrand, Hunger Free Kids Director, for more information at paloma@sdhunger.org.


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Since 2015, San Diego Hunger Coalition has helped start new meal programs at 59 schools and nonprofits, reaching an estimated 4,700 low-income children each week with additional healthy meals.