During a recent interview with News Channel 14, UNCG professors were asked about their study:
UNCG professors David Ribar and Lauren Haldeman decided to begin studying the impacts of the programs. “Here the programs were going to be taken away unexpectedly, kind of randomly,” explained Ribar. He continued, “it’s usually been an experiment where somebody goes in and adds a free breakfast program. This was a situation where somebody was taking a breakfast program away.”
Ribar and Haldeman compared students who still received free breakfast, to those school’s no longer participating the in program. “We studied the difference between how many breakfasts were consumed, how many lunches were consumed, what attendance looked like and standardized test grades,” said Ribar.