The Food Research and Action Center, a nonprofit organization that works to end hunger, finds that Utah has the lowest school-breakfast participation rate among low-income students, with about one-third of students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals also eating school breakfast. However, officials say participation increased 3% last year, and the number of schools in the state offering breakfast increased to 795 from 753. Luann Elliott, director of Child Nutrition Programs at the State Office of Education noted that other states' universal breakfast programs and community perceptions about who is responsible for providing breakfast may have contributed to Utah's numbers.

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