OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Despite a slight increase in participation, Nebraska still ranks near the bottom of the country in providing students with a nutritious breakfast at school, according to the School Breakfast Scorecard, released annually by the Food Research and Action Center.
Each year, FRAC's School Breakfast Scorecard analyzes each state's participation in the free School Breakfast Program, which provides a morning meal to more than 12 million children nationwide. Research shows providing breakfast leads to substantial educational and health benefits for kids.
According to the scorecard, Nebraska ranks 47th in the percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price school breakfast. Nebraska ranks ahead of only Hawaii, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Utah.
The state has fallen from 46th to 49th in the number of schools that participated in school breakfast. West Virginia leads the country in percentage of students receiving free school breakfast.