School Breakfast Program

2019 National School Breakfast Week Contest

The Office of Integrated Student Supports kicks off two statewide contests in February: Breakfast: A Fuel for Life! and What’s in Your Buckeye Breakfast? to promote National School Breakfast Week March 4-8. National School Breakfast Week is time designated to encourage students, staff and school officials to increase school breakfast participation. Start Your Engines with School Breakfast is the theme for this year’s campaign. The office sponsors the contests along with other activities during the week to generate awareness about school breakfast programs.
Please join us, participate, and help us promote the importance of USDA Child Nutrition Programs and its impact on learning. The contests are open to Ohio schools participating in the food program. Check out the following contest details:
  • Breakfast: A Fuel for Life!: Students are invited to expand their creativity and submit photographs or drawings (chalk, pencil, marker, crayon, etc.) of an activity(s) fueled by eating breakfast. Breakfast: A Fuel for Life! must be visibly incorporated into the submission. The office will select entries that most effectively promote school breakfast based on visual impact, creativity, effort and skill.
Submissions may be mailed or emailed to the following contact:
Jared Copeny, Education Program Specialist
Ohio Department of Education
Office of Integrated Student Supports
25 S. Front St., Mail Stop 303
Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183. 
Student artwork cannot be returned. Deadline to submit artwork is Friday, Feb. 22.  
  • What’s in Your Buckeye Breakfast? This is a door decorating contest. Work together as a class, club or group and show us a creative door display of your favorite healthy breakfast(s). Ensure that your school’s door decorating rules are followed when developing the display. The office will select entries that most effectively promote school breakfast based on visual impact, creative, effort and skill. Ensure you follow your school’s door decorating rules in developing the display.
Submissions may be emailed to the following contact:
Jared Copeny, Education Program Specialist

Deadline to submit pictures is Thursday, March 7.  
The Ohio Department of Education may feature the winning submissions on its website, social media or in this newsletter.
Please email with any questions about breakfast contests.


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.

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.

ohio school breakfast challenge award

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