Kids Who Eat School Lunch Score Higher in Reading and Math

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Children who eat lunch at school score higher on tests, say researchers at the European School of Management and Technology in Germany and the Indian Institute of Technology, confirming previous research on nutrition and learning.

This study involved data from the midday meal program in India, which is the largest free school lunch program in the world and feeds more than 120 million children every day. It included more than 200,000 households in about 600 rural school districts.

Children provided midday meals for up to five years had reading test scores 18 percent higher and math scores 9 percent higher than kids provided school lunches for less than a year. The benefits of good nutrition appear to be cumulative after two to five years, the researchers say.

Sourced from: ESMT Berlin