School Breakfast Program

2018 National School Breakfast Week Contest

To celebrate breakfast week, the office hosted a “My Favorite Breakfast” artwork contest. Schools submitted artwork statewide. The office selected five artwork winners. Winners were from Woodland Elementary in Lakota Local School District; Minford Middle School in Minford Local School District; General Johnnie Wilson Middle School in Lorain City School District; Edison Elementary School in Edison Local School District; and Fairfield Local Middle School Fairfield Local Schools


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



Ansonia Local Ansonia Elementary
Barnesville Exempted Village Barnesville High School
Crestline Exempted Village Crestline High School
Beavercreek City Beavercreek High School
Benjamin Logan Local Benjamin Local Middle School
Berkshire Local Berkshire High School
Black River Local Black River High School
Brecksville-Broadview Heights City Central Elementary
Caldwell Exempted Village Caldwell Elementary
Carrollton Exempted Village Carrollton High School
Centerburg Local Centerburg High School
Chillicothe City 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 Local Cloverleaf High School
Constellation Schools: Collinwood Village Academy Collinwood Village Academy
Colonel Crawford Local Hannah William Crawford
Covington Exempted Village Covington Middle School
Crestview Local Crestview Elementary School
Dalton Local Dalton Local Schools
Delphos City Delphos Jefferson Middle School
Dublin City Thomas Elementary School
East Muskingum Local Pike Elementary School
Eastern Local Eastern High
Constellation Schools: Eastside Arts Academy Eastside Arts Academy
Edison Local John Gregg Elementary, Edison Middle School
Constellation Schools: Elyria Community Elyria Community Elementary
Greeneview Local Greenview High School
Greenfield Exempted Village McClain High School
Greenon Local Greenon High School
Jonathan Alder Local Jonathan Alder Junior High School
Liberty Local 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 City Loveland Elementary School
Southeastern Local Southeastern Jr/Sr High School
Margaretta Local Margaretta High School
Newbury Local Newbury High School
Newcomerstown Exempted Village West Elementary
Northeastern Local Tinora Elementary School
Norwalk City League Elementary
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
Olentangy Local Alum Creek Elementary, Wyandot Run Elementary
Constellation Schools: Parma Community Parma Community - Day Drive
Pickerington Local Pickerington Central HS
Poland Local Dobbins Elementary
Constellation Schools: Puritas Community Elementary Puritas Community Elementary, Puritas Community Middle
Reynoldsburg City Baldwin Road Junior High, Slate Ridge Elementary
River View Local Conesville Elementary
Riverside Local Hadden Elementary, Melridge Elementary, LaMuth Middle School
South Range Local South Range High School
Toledo City Byrnedale Elementary, McKinley Elementary
Triad Local Triad Local High School
Vermilion Local Sailorway Middle School
Walnut Township Local Millersport Elementary
West Clermont Local Elementary/Western Reserve
Westfall Local Westfall Middle School
Constellation Schools: Westside Community School of the Arts Westside Community School of the Arts
St Anthony 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:
  1. Equipment to facilitate alternative breakfast model (i.e. insulated bags, carts, kiosks, garbage bags,trash cans, wireless POS machines, etc.)
  2. Kitchen equipment to help increase food quality (i.e. freezers, refrigerators, storage, etc.)
  3. Nutrition education materials
  4. Advertising materials to promote program
  5. Giveaways for student participation and school-level staff breakfast program support
Grant funds may not be used for:
  1. Salaries
  2. Food
  3. Overhead
  4. Memberships
  5. Consultants
  6. Contract fees
  7. Advertising for specific companies or projects
Unexpended funds of the approved grant will be refunded to Ohio Department of Education, Office of Integrated Student Supports for further award to eligible applicants. For information, please contact the Office of Integrated Student Supports at  (614) 466-2945 or the 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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Last Modified: 11/9/2018 11:01:48 AM