CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Public School officials announced Monday that they are offering a free breakfast to all students in the district.
Beginning this school year, CPS is offering universal breakfast district-wide, meaning a free nutritious breakfast is available to any of the district's more than 33,000 students who want one. For the past six years, universal breakfast has been offered to all elementary schools; this year it is also offered to all high schools.
August data show that more than 12,000 children participated in breakfast this year, up more than 1,000 from the same month a year ago.
School officials say many students who are eligible for free or reduced price school breakfast do not participate because they do not wish to identify themselves as low-income by eating school breakfast. By providing breakfast at no charge to all students, Cincinnati Public Schools has removed the stigma for low- income children of participating in school breakfast.