Free Breakfast for All Students

Boise School Board Approves Free Breakfast for All Students Beginning 2024-2025 School Year
Posted on 06/11/2024
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Boise School Board Approves Free Breakfast for All Students 

Beginning 2024-2025 School Year

Boise, ID -- 06/11/2024 --“Starting with the 2024-2025 school year, all of our students will have access to a nutritious breakfast at no cost, ensuring that they can start their day off right,” said Dave Wagers, president, Boise School Board. 


The move follows a recommendation from the District's administration, and is expected to bring numerous benefits, from improved academic performance to improved general health. 


“Breakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day, and this holds especially true for students before they begin their academic day,” added President Wagers. “By providing free breakfast to all of our students, we are not only promoting health and well-being but also creating a more inclusive and supportive learning environment.”


“Studies show that a well-nourished child who starts the day with breakfast is more likely to be at school, a better learner, and ready to participate in the classroom,” explained Lisa Roberts, deputy superintendent and incoming superintendent, Boise School District. “In addition, by offering breakfast to all students, regardless of their financial status, we are fostering equality and inclusivity within our school communities.”


“Providing free breakfast normalizes school meals, helping to eliminate the stigma that school meals are for low-income students,” explained Christy Smith, supervisor, Food & Nutrition Services, Boise School District. “This new initiative also aims to reduce food insecurity among students and sends an important message to our students and families that good nutrition is critical to a healthy student and healthy learning environment.” 


Also beginning with the 2024-2025 school year, breakfast and lunch will be free for all students attending the following Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools:  Fairmont, Frank Church, Garfield, Grace Jordan, Hawthorne, Hillcrest, Horizon, Jefferson, Koelsch, Lowell, Lincoln Early Learning Center, Monroe, Morley Nelson, Mountain View, Owyhee, South, Taft, Valley View, Whitney, and Whittier.


Additional Resources:

Boise School District Food & Nutrition Services website

Benefits of School Breakfast (Food Research & Action Center)