"The Austin school district is missing out on a healthy helping of federal funding because fewer than one out of two eligible students eats free breakfast each morning.
The federal government has long paid school districts for free or reduced-price meals, including breakfast, that they serve to students. But while other districts are expanding their programs and passing along the bill to the federal government, Austin has seen a net drop in the number of students eating breakfast at school -- something research has shown boosts academic performance, deters discipline problems and helps fight obesity. Austin landed in the bottom 12 of the 87 districts studied in the School Breakfast Scorecard, released annually by the Food Research and Action Center."
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