H.Res. 210: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that providing breakfast in schools through the National School Breakfast Program has a positive impact on classroom performance

H.Res. 210

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that providing breakfast in schools through the National School Breakfast Program has a positive impact on classroom performance

Sponsor
Rep. Gwen Moore

Date
March 9, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.Res. 210 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) on March 4, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 210 resolves that the House of Representatives:

•  "Recognizes the importance of the National School Breakfast Program and its overall positive effect on the lives of low-income children and families, as well as its effect on helping to improve a child's overall classroom performance;

•  "Expresses support for States that have successfully implemented school breakfast programs in order to improve the test scores and grades of its participating students;

•  "Encourages States to strengthen their school breakfast programs by improving access for students, to promote improvements in the nutritional quality of breakfasts served, and to inform students and parents of healthy nutritional and lifestyle choices;

•  "Recognizes the need to provide States with resources to improve the availability of adequate and nutritious breakfasts;

•  "Recognizes the impact of nonprofit and community organizations that work to increase awareness of, and access to, breakfast programs for low-income children; and

•  "Recognizes that National School Breakfast Week helps draw attention to the need for, and success of, the National School Breakfast Program."

 

Background

March 2 through March 6, 2009, has been designated as "National School Breakfast Week." According to the resolution's findings, in Fiscal Year 2008, 8,520,000 students in the United States consumed free or reduced-price school breakfasts provided under the National School Breakfast program established by section 4 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966.

The School Breakfast Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and private schools and residential child care institutions. It began as a pilot project in 1966, and was made permanent in 1975. The School Breakfast Program is administered at the federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service. At the State level, the program is usually administered by education agencies, which operate the program in more than 85,000 schools and institutions.