ERIC Number: ED445797
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar-25
Reference Count: N/A
Effects of a Universally Free, In-Classroom School Breakfast Program: Results from the Second Year of the Maryland Meals for Achievement Evaluation. Interim Report.
Murphy, J. Michael; Rankin, Emunah; Feeney, Kelly; Kenney, Leigh; Kleinman, Ron
Noting that many children in the United States are not well nourished despite the recent economic boom, the state of Maryland began the Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA) program, a demonstration project to see if providing a classroom breakfast free to all students can improve student nutrition and academic achievement. This interim report summarizes and explains findings from the MMFA program. The MMFA project was implemented in six Maryland school districts in fall 1998, with comparison schools selected from the same district as participating schools. Evaluation data were obtained from surveys, school records, and individual interviews with administrators, teachers and other school staff, parents, and students. The findings indicated that the classroom breakfast program was associated with improved student achievement, behavior, and attention, and decreased school absences and complaints of hunger. The overall conclusion of the report is that the Maryland Meals for Achievement has led to modest but educationally important improvements for participating students. Two appendices contain overheads summarizing the findings and the data collection instruments. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland