Missed Opportunity: No Funding for Breakfast After the Bell

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On Friday June 8, State Budget Conference Committee released their close-out budget plan for the Legislature and Governor Brown- and it did not include funding for Breakfast After the Bell grants.

While the Assembly Subcommittee on Education Finance had approved $1 million in funding to extend Breakfast After the Bell Grants prioritized for high-poverty schools and chronic absenteeism, the Senate did not recommend a similar investment. Ultimately, the Conference Committee went with the Senate recommendation to let the Breakfast After the Bell funding expire.

Unfortunately, the conference budget deal will allow the California Department of Education's successful Breakfast After the Bell Grant program to come to a close at the end of this month.

CFPA looks forward to future opportunities to improve access to school breakfast to support student health and well-being, and to improve attendance and academic achievement.

School Breakfast and Attendance Infographic

Questions: Contact Tracey Patterson at 510.433.1122 ext 101, or tracey@cfpa.net