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School Fuel: Breakfast in the Classroom

A Program of the LA Fund for Public Education.

Sponsored by the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation.

The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) strongly believes that children who are healthy can achieve far greater results in the classroom than those who are ill and lack basic nutrition.

School Fuel is a 3-year campaign supporting universal breakfast for 700,000 students in the Los Angeles Unified School District. School Fuel was created by the LA Fund for Public Education. Its goals consist of:

  • Providing universal breakfast with an integrated nutrition concepts and parent engagement
  • Ensuring all students eat a nutritious breakfast every morning despite their circumstances
  • Ensuring all students learn to develop healthy eating habits

LADF is the exclusive sports team partner of School Fuel. In addition to program support, the LADF features the Dodgers Foundation logo, player images and content on milk cartons and breakfast trays distributed to students each morning. Current Dodger players, Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford have lent their brand to this program that promotes health and wellness, a key pillar of LADF.

School Fuel currently reaches over 400,000 LAUSD students and is successfully implemented at over 550 LAUSD schools on a daily basis. The demographic of the kids receiving breakfast in the classroom is highly correlated to the demographics of the Los Angeles Unified School District. To that end, LAUSD is composed of: 73% Latinos, 10% African-Americans, 7% Asians, and 10% Caucasian / other. 80% of LAUSD students live in conditions of poverty and thus are eligible for free and reduced meals.