Action for Healthy Kids: School Breakfast Grants
School Breakfast for Healthy Kids grants provide funding and technical assistance for schools and districts to implement new alternative breakfast programming. One school breakfast best practice is to move breakfast out of the cafeteria and after the bell. The following models are examples of alternative breakfast models:
- Breakfast in the classroom: Breakfast delivered to classrooms; students consume breakfast in classrooms after the bell.
- Grab and go to the classroom: Breakfast is picked up by students at high traffic location(s) at the school (not the cafeteria) and taken to the classroom to eat.
- Grab and go to other locations: Breakfast is picked up by students at high traffic location(s) at the school (not the cafeteria) and taken to other locations (not cafeteria and not classroom).
- Second chance breakfast: Breakfast is offered at a later time or after first period/homeroom. Students may pick it up at alternate locations (not cafeteria) or from cafeteria (if all students have access and time to eat).
- Other: Schools can create other models. The best practice is to move breakfast closer to students.
Funding priorities include:
- Applications that demonstrate permission from administrators to allow students to eat breakfast in their classroom
- Applications that demonstrate principal support for proposed changes
- Districts applying for five or more schools
Amount: Grants are $1,000, $2,000 or $3,000 each will be awarded to up to 250 schools, as follows:
- $3,000 will be awarded to schools that: 1) offer breakfast at no charge for all students (either participation in Provision 2 or Community Eligibility Provision); 2) implement new alternative breakfast programming (e.g. breakfast in the classroom, grab and go to the classroom); and 3) have a current breakfast participation of less than 50%
- $2,000 will be awarded to schools that implement new alternative breakfast programming (e.g. breakfast in the classroom, grab and go to the classroom)
- $1,000 will be awarded to recipients in the form of sustainability/expansion grants
Eligibility: Funding is available to: schools and districts (in any state) that participate in the National School Breakfast Program. Schools must:
- Have a free and reduced lunch greater than 40%
- Have breakfast participation below 50%
- Not be implementing a new alternative breakfast program
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