School Breakfast Program
National School Breakfast Week Contest
The Office for Child Nutrition announces a statewide contest, “My Favorite Breakfast,” to promote National School Breakfast Week! National School Breakfast Week is dedicated to encourage students, staff and school officials to increase school breakfast participation. “I Heart School Breakfast” is the theme for this year’s campaign, which is set for March 5-9 2018. The Office for Child Nutrition sponsors the contest along with other activities during the week to generate awareness about SBP.
Please consider participating in the contest and help us promote the importance of child nutrition and its impact on learning. The contest is open only to Ohio schools participating in the food program. Details about the contest is below.
- My Favorite Breakfast Contest: We invite students to expand their creativity and submit all types of artistic work (photography, painting, pencil drawing, sculpture, origami, etc.) of a favorite breakfast meal or food item. The office will select the artwork that most effectively promotes school breakfast based on visual impact, creativity, effort and skill.
- Submit artwork to the following contact:
Carmen Stewart, Education Program Specialist
Ohio Department of Education Office for Child Nutrition
25 S. Front St., Mail Stop 303,
Columbus, OH 43215-4183.
2017 Best Ideas Contest winner
Clinton-Massie Elementary School in Clinton County submitted the winning idea for suggesting a series of themed days, which include visits from local firefighters and morning radio hosts and performances by high school music groups. The district received a visit from the school meal program mascot, Munch the Fox.
2017 Poster Contest winners
A second contest encouraged students to create posters using the theme A Healthy Breakfast Leads to Successful Learning. The Department selected six winning posters. Winners were from West Elementary School and Vinton County Middle School in Vinton County Local School District; St. Nicholas School in the Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Schools; Hillcrest Academy in Hamilton County; Stepstone Academy in Cleveland Metropolitan School District; and Kramer Elementary in Talawanda City School District.
School Breakfast Program Overview
USDA Memo SP 40-2011 Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2010: Outreach to Households on the Availability of the School Breakfast Program provides guidance on the implementation of the provision requiring schools to conduct outreach on the availability of the School Breakfast Program (SBP).
Schools participating in the SBP must inform families of the availability of breakfasts. A notification of the availability of breakfast must be relayed just prior to or at the beginning of the school year in the informational packets that are sent to each household with free and reduced price meal applications for the new school year. In addition, schools should send reminders regarding the availability of the SBP multiple times throughout the school year. Schools can provide reminders to children through their public address systems in schools or through means normally used to communicate with the households of enrolled children. Other acceptable outreach activities may include developing or disseminating printed or electronic material to families. For example, information about the SBP should be posted on the school’s website.
Below are sample school breakfast notification flyers that can be used to fulfill the written household notification requirement. Include information specific to the site serving breakfast and send a copy home to all households.
Reports show that students who eat breakfast improve their behavior and ability to perform in the classroom. The School Breakfast Program provides an estimated 32 million breakfasts at more than 1,400 sites in a year. Following is useful information for starting, increasing participation and promoting your breakfast program.
School Breakfast Program Grant
|Barnesville Exempted Village
||Barnesville High School
|Crestline Exempted Village
||Crestline High School
||Beavercreek High School
|Benjamin Logan Local
||Benjamin Local Middle School
||Berkshire High School
|Black River Local
||Black River High School
|Brecksville-Broadview Heights City
|Caldwell Exempted Village
|Carrollton Exempted Village
||Carollton High School
||Centerburg High School
||Chillicothe High School/Middle School
|Clifton Christian Academy
|Cincinnati Learning Schools
||Cincinnati Learning Schools Carpe Diem
|Clermont Northeastern Local
||Clermont Northeastern Elementary School
|Cleveland Heights-University Heights City
||Cleveland Heights High School
||Cloverleaf High School
|Constellation Schools: Collinwood Village Academy
||Collinwood Village Academy
|Colonel Crawford Local
||Hannah William Crawford
|Covington Exempted Village
||Covington Middle School
||Crestview Elementary School
||Dalton Local Schools
||Delphos Jefferson Middle School
||Thomas Elementary School
|East Muskingum Local
||Pike Elementary School
|Constellation Schools: Eastside Arts Academy
||Eastside Arts Academy
||John Gregg Elementary, Edison Middle School
|Constellation Schools: Elyria Community
||Elyria Community Elementary
||Greenview High School
|Greenfield Exempted Village
||McClain High School
||Greenon High School
|Jonathan Alder Local
||Jonathan Alder Junior High School
||Liberty High School
|Liberty Union-Thurston Local
||Liberty Union High School, Liberty Union Middle School
|Lisbon Exempted Village
||David Anderson Jr/Sr High
|Lorain County JVS
||Lorain County JVS High School
||Loveland Elementary School
||Southeastern Jr/Sr High School
||Margaretta High School
||Newbury High School
|Newcomerstown Exempted Village
||Tinora Elementary School
|Oak Hill Union Local
||Oak Hill Elementary
|Constellation Schools: Old Brooklyn Community Middle
||Old Brooklyn Community Middle
|Constellation Schools: Old Brooklyn Community Elementary
||Old Brooklyn Community Elementary
||Alum Creek Elementary, Wyandot Run Elementary
|Constellation Schools: Parma Community
||Parma Community - Day Drive
||Pickerington Central HS
|Constellation Schools: Puritas Community Elementary
||Puritas Community Elementary, Puritas Community Middle
||Baldwin Road Junior High, Slate Ridge Elementary
|River View Local
||Hadden Elementary, Melridge Elementary, LaMuth Middle School
|South Range Local
||South Range High School
||Byrnedale Elementary, McKinley Elementary
||Triad Local High School
||Sailorway Middle School
|Walnut Township Local
|West Clermont Local
||Westfall Middle School
|Constellation Schools: Westside Community School of the Arts
||Westside Community School of the Arts
||St Anthony Elementary
|Constellation Schools: Stockyard Community Middle
||Stockyard Community Elementary, Stockyard Community Middle
|Western Reserve Local
||Western Reserve Elementary
|Constellation Schools: Westpark Community Middle
||Westpark Community Elementary, Westpark Community Middle
|Constellation Schools: Lorain Community Elementary
||Lorain Community Elementary
|Constellation Schools: Lorain Community Middle
||Lorain Community Middle
|Interactive Media & Construction (IMAC)
||Mansfield Choice Academies
General Terms and Conditions for the School Breakfast Grant
The procurement in relation to this award must comply with local, state and federal procurement guidelines, whichever is more prescriptive. Ensure that all procurement for equipment and supplies is conducted in a manner that provides, to the maximum extent possible, open and free competition.
Grant funds may be used for the following:
- Equipment to facilitate alternative breakfast model (i.e. insulated bags, carts, kiosks, garbage bags,trash cans, wireless POS machines, etc.)
- Kitchen equipment to help increase food quality (i.e. freezers, refrigerators, storage, etc.)
- Nutrition education materials
- Advertising materials to promote program
- Giveaways for student participation and school-level staff breakfast program support
Grant funds may not be used for:
- Contract fees
- Advertising for specific companies or projects
Unexpended funds of the approved grant will be refunded to Ohio Department of Education, Office for Child Nutrition for further award to eligible applicants. For information, please contact Beverly Farmer, Education Program Specialist at (614) 387-7559 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or call the Office for Child Nutrition's hotline at (800) 808-6325.
Sample Meal Identification Signage
Click here for sample meal identification signage for breakfast. The signage is blank to allow schools to input items offered specific to their school. Schools can click tools on the left side of the page, click content editing, add text, click on page where they want to add specific food items, then type items and update as necessary.
- For a Microsoft Word version of the document, click here.
Breakfast in Ohio
Ohio's Food Service Directors’ creative breakfast service and marketing ideas as well as suggestions for positive breakfast programs and promotions. Includes individual school's success stories.
Starting a Breakfast Program
Suggestions for starting a breakfast program including considerations when starting a breakfast program.
Strategies to Increase Breakfast Participation
Marketing strategies for food service staff to use with students, teachers, parents and the community to increase breakfast participation and information on ways to increase breakfast participation through Grab 'n' Go Breakfast, Breakfast in the Classroom and Breakfast After 1st Period.
Breakfast Promotions and Classroom Activities
Ideas to promote breakfast in the cafeteria such as theme days and classroom activities like Give Me a Breakfast Bingo, are you a Lean Eating Machine and others.
Breakfast Recipes, Menus, and Nutrition Information
Ideas for creative menus with recipes, ideas to create healthful breakfasts including ways to add fiber to recipes, and the National School Breakfast meal pattern.
Articles and Handouts to Promote Breakfast
Promote breakfast with ready to use articles and recipes for local papers, menus, and school newspapers.
ohio school breakfast challenge award
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