September 13, 2022

Free School Breakfasts to Begin in October

Pennsylvania schools will begin providing free school breakfasts during the 2022-2023 school year beginning October 1, 2022.


On Friday, September 9, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the state will provide funding for both public and private schools to offer free breakfasts for all students. All students can receive a school breakfast regardless of whether they qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

The $21.5 million needed for this breakfast program for the state’s 1.7 million students will be funded through money left over in last year’s school food services budget from state and federal funds.

School breakfasts are crucial to supporting children’s learning throughout the day. No Kid Hungry, a national campaign working to solve problems of hunger and poverty, describes school breakfasts as one of the most powerful programs for feeding kids and ending childhood hunger.

Check with your child’s school to learn more about their food service program and offerings for school breakfast.

More Information

If you or your family is currently facing food insecurity, visit Trying Together’s list of available community programs and resources available.