Never Start the Day Hungry: Easy and Cheap Breakfasts for Kids
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Although cafeteria food has a bad rap, it is becoming more healthy due to new nutrition guidelines from the USDA in 2010 calling for more fruits, vegetables, and fiber, and less salt and fat. School breakfasts now provide one-quarter of the recommended amounts of protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C for the day, according to the USDA. "School breakfasts aren't perfect, but they've improved greatly," Dr. Kleinman said.
Here's how qualification for the National School Breakfast Program works (figures are for a family of four and are applicable through June 30, 2011):
- Any child at a participating school may purchase a meal through the School Breakfast Program.
- Children from families with incomes of $28,665 or less are eligible for free meals.
- Children from families with incomes up to $40,793 are eligible for reduced-price meals.
- Children from families with higher incomes pay full price, though their meals are still subsidized to some extent.