An Economic Analysis of Updating and Expanding School Breakfast Program Offerings in High Schools

Amy Shanafelt, Brandon Magliocco, Kathleen Milbrath, Susie Nanney, Caitlin E Caspi

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BACKGROUND: School breakfast is an important nutritional component of a student's day. Many schools operate a school breakfast program, but high schools have low rates of participation. This study aimed to investigate the economic impact on school food service, of expanding the school breakfast program to increase participation in high schools. METHODS: Ten rural high schools participated in the economic analysis of expanding their school breakfast program. Schools provided data on costs of daily operation and start-up costs. Analyses calculated the daily breakeven point, revenue, cost, and days needed to recoup costs. RESULTS: Schools sold enough breakfast meals to break even on daily costs of operating an expanded program. Schools saw daily profits ranging from $196–$432 and recouped costs associated with expanding the breakfast program within 15–46 days. CONCLUSIONS: Expanding the school breakfast program can be economical for schools, while increasing student exposure to the health and academic benefits of school breakfast.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-422
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of School Health
Volume89
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2019

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An Economic Analysis of Updating and Expanding School Breakfast Program Offerings in High Schools. / Shanafelt, Amy; Magliocco, Brandon; Milbrath, Kathleen; Nanney, Susie; Caspi, Caitlin E.

In: Journal of School Health, Vol. 89, No. 5, 01.05.2019, p. 417-422.

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Shanafelt, Amy ; Magliocco, Brandon ; Milbrath, Kathleen ; Nanney, Susie ; Caspi, Caitlin E. / An Economic Analysis of Updating and Expanding School Breakfast Program Offerings in High Schools. In: Journal of School Health. 2019 ; Vol. 89, No. 5. pp. 417-422.
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