Students start the day ready to learn and grow by eating breakfast. The School Breakfast Program (SBP) provides children with a nutritious meal that studies show is correlated with higher test scores, decreased emotional and behavioral problems, reduced food insecurity, less frequent visits to the nurse, and fewer school absences.
All 24 Maryland public schools and 17 non-profit private schools and residential childcare institutions participate in the SBP, providing over 898,000 students with access to nutritious breakfasts each day.
Maryland is a national leader in ensuring that students can start the day ready to learn with the Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA) program.
MMFA provides state funds to supplement federal meal reimbursements. This allows participating schools to offer free breakfast in the classroom. Currently, 581 schools participate in MMFA.
This program increases students’ access to and participation in breakfast. School administrators credit the MMFA with improving students' test scores, behavior, attendance, and wellbeing. Parents praise the program for helping prepare children for their academic day.
Office of School and Community Nutrition Programs
200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2595