On an average day during the 2018-2019 school year, 28,645 low-income students in the nation’s capital participated in school breakfast and 41,478 participated in school lunch according to the D.C. School Meals Report. The report looks at participation data from D.C.’s Local Education Agencies (LEAs, or school districts) during the 2018-2019 school year. D.C. Hunger Solutions set a goal of reaching 60 percent of low-income students with a school meal. While eleven LEAs met D.C. Hunger Solution’s goal for both breakfast and lunch, thirty-five did not.

In the report, D.C. Hunger Solutions outlines program and policy recommendations to improve school breakfast and lunch program participation. Now more than ever, more must be done to improve school meal programs and increase student participation so that no child goes without the nutrition they need to learn and grow.

Read our D.C. School Meals Report.