School Breakfast Program

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

Purpose of the Grant:
Distribute grants to support school breakfast program development and expansion.

Application Process:
Authorized school official must complete an electronic application by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on October 21.
Application Review Method:
  1. ALL schools that intend to start a school breakfast program or expand their current program are encouraged to apply. Priority points will be given based on the following criteria: 
    • New breakfast programs initiated in school year 2015-2016 or 2016-2017.
    • School buildings aiming to increase the overall number of school breakfast meals served daily.
  2. School food authorities with more than one building may apply for multiple buildings. A separate building request form is completed for each building.
Note: For each awarded grant, the school must complete and submit support letters containing the signatures of the Superintendent, Building Principal, a Building Teacher and the Food Service Director. Failure to submit the grant support document in a timely manner will result in forfeiture of the school breakfast grant.
Important Dates:
September 1: Application opens
October 21: Applications must be electronically submitted by 5 p.m. EST
November 15: Applicants notified of awards
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 for Child Nutrition for further award to eligible applicants. For information, please contact Beverly Farmer, Education Program Specialist at (614) 387-7559 or 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.

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Last Modified: 10/17/2016 3:24:03 PM