Universal Breakfast Program

Universal Breakfast Program

Few things in life come with a guarantee but, with Universal Breakfast programs, all School District of Philadelphia students are guaranteed to start each morning with a well-balanced breakfast at no cost.

Did you know that a school breakfast ALWAYS includes:

  • Fruits & veggies offered daily
  • Whole grains
  • Fat-free or low-fat milk
  • Limits on calories, fat, and sodium
In an effort to improve student performance through increased breakfast participation, three new breakfast concepts have been developed- UNIVERSAL Breakfast in the Cafeteria , Breakfast Grab & Go and Breakfast in the Classroom. All meals come with an easy-to-eat entrée, juice, milk, condiments, disposable utensils and napkins. 
  • Breakfast in the Cafeteria - All students are scheduled to pick-up and eat the breakfast in the cafeteria. They will start their day fed, focused and ready to learn.
  • Breakfast Grab & Go - Students can easily grab a nutritious breakfast from a breakfast cart located in the school hallway or as they enter the building.
  • Breakfast in the Classroom - Food Services will bring breakfast to busy students in their classroom.

Importance of Breakfast

We understand that everyone is short on time these days, but the importance of eating a healthy breakfast has never been more critical. By making breakfast readily available, students are given the calories and nutrients they need for enhanced physical and intellectual development. 

Research shows that eating breakfast can help students:

  • Improve concentration, alertness, comprehension, and memory.
  • Boost energy and creativity.
  • Lead to better performance on tests.
  • Prevent hunger later in the day.
  • Improve ability to solve problems.
  • Maintain a good mood throughout the day.
  • Improve attendance and punctuality, while decreasing disciplinary office referrals.

Eating breakfast is also associated with lower rates of obesity, lower body mass index (BMI), and a lower probablity of being overweight.