Report: Wisconsin Schools Behind US in Offering Breakfast

Report: Wisconsin Schools Behind US in Offering Breakfast Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: February 18, 2019 03:43 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A report says Wisconsin last year saw a slight decrease in the number of students who received breakfast at school through a federally subsidized nutrition program.

Advertisement – Content Continues Below

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the Washington-based nonprofit Food Research and Action Center found Wisconsin's participation in the School Breakfast Program is trailing the rest of the country.

The School Breakfast Scorecard says Wisconsin saw low-income student participation in the program decrease by about 400 students in the 2017-2018 school year. The report says that about 83 percent of Wisconsin's schools participated in the program that year.

The findings rank the state low compared to 38 states, where 90 percent or more schools participated in the program.

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction spokesman Thomas McCarthy says the biggest barrier to providing breakfast is funding.


Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Relay Media Amp

Jury Finds Haywood Guilty for Role After Will Grahek's Murder

Wrenshall Holds Community Meeting on Proposed Referendum

Special Report: Delivering Babies and Blankets

Update to NRRI Taconite Tailings Pothole Patching

Grandma Jo Spreads Love and Cuddles in Essentia's NICU

Minnesotans for a Smoke-Free Generation Keep Working