Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for students but for a variety of reasons, many families can't provide their kids with a healthy breakfast every morning. The School Breakfast Program offers kids a nutritious free or reduced-price breakfast at school so they can start their day off right. But of the nearly 20 million low-income students in the U.S. who ate free or reduced-price lunch in 2010, only 9.4 million participated in the School Breakfast Program.
Thanks to the commitment and work of the National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN), Share Our Strength (SOS) is able to provide this toolkit to help you increase school breakfast participation in your school. The toolkit has simple instructions and easy-to-use templates to help you strategize plans around making the most of your school breakfast program, as well as outreach materials that you can tailor and use in your school community. The complete NEA HIN and SOS Start School with Breakfast toolkit is available in pdf form.
This section contains background information on the benefits of breakfast and why increasing school breakfast participation is a key part of ending childhood hunger.
- Why Is Breakfast Important?
- Alleviate Hunger with Breakfast
- Make It Your Mission: No Child Starts the Day Hungry
- Why Increase Breakfast Participation?
Learn about the various different new school breakfast models in this section and resources to help you implement them in your school.
- Universal School Breakfast
- Alternative Meal Service Models
- Alternative Meal Service Models Summary
- Grant Resources
Tips, tools and templates in this section will help you get started on implementing a new school breakfast service model in your school.
- Procedures for Alternative Meal Service Model Implementation
- Trainings for Educators
- Marketing New Breakfast Programs to Students
- Ways to Evaluate the Success of Your Breakfast Program
- School Food Service 101: The Cost of School Breakfast
This section answers general questions about alternative school breakfast service models.