This year, Boston public schools have begun providing free breakfasts to all students in every school, regardless of family income, as part of a push to ensure that all schoolchildren eat healthfully and receive the nutrition they need to stay alert throughout the day.
The initiative mirrors a nationwide effort to reassess the breakfast experience.
“What this is trying to do is make breakfast more of a routine part of the school day,” said Madeleine Levin, senior policy analyst for the Food Research and Action Center, an organization that promotes in-school meals. “We want it to be something that’s not just associated with being low-income.”
Free breakfasts may also serve as a revenue source for the school system, said Michael R. Peck, director of food and nutrition services. Schools are reimbursed by state and federal funds for providing students with free meals.