“I want to applaud the LA Fund and Superintendent Deasy for leading the charge to make sure all kids
have access to a healthy breakfast that will jump start their day, and get them ready to learn.”
The LA Fund’s School Fuel initiative employs three key strategies to ensure that all public school students in LA get a nutritious start to their day and the supplemental knowledge to develop healthy habits for life. To date, School Fuel has facilitated Breakfast in the Classroom, parent engagement, and nutrition education in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). In school year 2015-16, after a three-year partnership came to a close as planned, the LA Fund transitioned the implementation of Breakfast in the Classroom to LAUSD.
Moving forward, the LA Fund is committed to exploring opportunities to expand the impact of the School Fuel program to public district and charter schools throughout LA County.
Why School Fuel?
Unanimously supported by the LAUSD school board, School Fuel eliminates the stigma associated with receiving free or reduced breakfast by providing it to all students and shifting it to the first 15 minutes of the school day. School Fuel began as a response to the needs of the 80% of students eligible for free or reduced breakfast, only 29% of whom were participating in the traditional breakfast program. Through School Fuel, we have achieved our goal of ensuring that all students in LAUSD have access to breakfast and are prepared to learn each day. This program has also created $15 million in additional federal USDA reimbursements for LAUSD, which has provided additional funding to support instructional programs.
ChildObesity180, a nonprofit that fights childhood obesity through multi-sector partnerships, found increased student attendance, community engagement, and classroom engagement in an evaluation of Breakfast in the Classroom in LAUSD. Teachers have reported reduced student tardiness and absenteeism as well as students who are more prepared for the school day.
Since the program launched,
- Breakfast in the Classroom has been made available to over 500,000 students at over 650 schools in LAUSD.
- Nearly 1,500 parents have attended parent engagement sessions at 50 LAUSD schools.
- School Fuel has driven $15 million in additional federal USDA reimbursement to LAUSD.
In 2014, School Fuel received an endorsement from First Lady Michelle Obama, congratulating us on our partnership with the Dodgers. Watch the video here:
“We are so excited to have First Lady Michelle Obama’s recognition and support of the School Fuel Program,” said Megan Chernin, CEO of the LA Fund. “Our new partnership with the Dodgers Foundation will allow us to grow School Fuel, create educational materials for students and parents and continue to support LAUSD teachers’ efforts to help students develop healthy habits for life.”