Why Universal Breakfast?
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the most underserved from both federal and state standpoints. Despite the fact studies have proven breakfast's importance as a key to overall health and improved academic performance, we do not do enough to ensure our children have access to breakfast every single day.
Of the nearly 20 million children that participate in the National School Lunch Program classified as free and reduced status, only 47.2 percent also participate in breakfast. Though breakfast is served at 87% of the nation's schools, it is a program that suffers primarily because it is not mandated to be scheduled as part of the school day. Breakfast suffers lack of time, lack of marketing, lack of parent knowledge and lack of equipment and space.
With over 17 million households classified as food insecure children's guaranteed access to breakfast at school is the gateway our nation needs to combat hunger and give our most at risk population the chance they deserve to live a healthier life. If we are to overcome these challenges we need to close the nutrition gap and ensure that every child every day eats healthy and delicious food in schools.
"Analyze Your Current Program and Identify Strategies to Expand School Breakfast
Participation in the School Breakfast Program is important – primarily as a way to help meet the nutritional needs of students, but also to help schools receive maximum reimbursement and run a successful program. This section will help you build a School Breakfast expansion team, identify strengths and barriers to increasing participation, create an action plan to address program improvements, and incorporate marketing strategies to make school breakfast healthier and more appealing to students."
"Serving breakfast at the beginning of the school day dramatically increases participation by making it convenient and accessible to all, no matter how students arrive at school. For instance, it eliminates the barrier often caused by tight bus schedules. Service options include breakfast in the classroom, “grab and go” breakfast service from carts or kiosks set up in school hallways or cafeterias, and breakfast after first period in middle and high schools."
By FRAC http://frac.org/
Adams 14 strives to help its students overcome barriers to success by offering every student breakfast in the classroom as the school day begins.
Here are some guidelines and tips to help make this program a success.
Resources for: Initial Assessment, Calculating Costs, There's More Than One Way to Serve Breakfast, Roadmaps to Success, Marketing Efforts, and more.
2012 USDA dietary specifications chart for the Final Rule Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
"Community Eligibility allows schools with high numbers of low-income children to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students without collecting school meal applications. This option increases participation by children in the school meal programs, while schools reduce labor costs and increase their federal revenues, allowing for a healthier student body and a healthier school meal budget."
By FRAC http://frac.org/
"New Mexico Appleseed is a nonpartisan, nonpro! t policy organization dedicated
to systemic change on behalf of the poor and underserved. We craft evidence-based
policy recommendations and work in a conciliatory manner with stakeholders to
make lasting change."
Grants are to support the purchase of approved equipment, materials and initiatives facilitating alternative breakfast delivery models in an effort to increase student participation in universal school breakfast. Grants can be requested in any amount up to $5,000.
Applying schools must either be implementing or be prepared to implement an alternative breakfast delivery model. All applications must have authorized approval by the School Principal and Food Service Nutrition Director.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all breakfast grant funds have been allocated.