School Breakfast Program Resources
A number of organizations and school districts have developed resources such as guides or tool kits to help facilitate efforts to expand in-classroom and other effective school breakfast models. While tailored to different audiences and locations, most guides emphasize the importance of breakfast for children's health, development and academic performance; discuss the barriers to participating in school breakfast programs; introduce different models of serving breakfast that have proven to be effective in increasing program participation; and provide practical tips for addressing implementation challenges. Below are examples of school breakfast program resources.
- NEA-HIN & Share Our Strength Guide to Increasing School Breakfast Participation
- National Food Service Management Institute Best Practice Guide for In Classroom Breakfast
- Chicago Breakfast in the Classroom Toolkit
- Colorado School Breakfast Expansion Guide
- Backing Breakfast: Texas School Breakfast Resource Guide
- First Class Breakfast in Maryland: A Guide to Expanding School Breakfast
- School Nutrition Association Growing School Breakfast Participation
- Nebraska School Breakfast Challenge Toolkit
- Deloitte Infographic
Video can be a powerful tool for documenting successful school breakfast programs and encouraging other schools to adopt similar models. Videos can give voice to the teachers, principals, school nutrition services staff and others who recognize the benefits of these programs and are trusted by their peers.
- Omaha Public Schools: Grab and Go Breakfast Video
- Partnership to End Childhood Hunger in Maryland School Breakfast Video
- Nebraska School Breakfast Challenge Video
- South Carolina video: It All Starts with Breakfast
Advocates and school districts have surveyed both youth and school personnel to better understand eating preferences and breakfast habits, identify barriers to expanding school breakfast, and inform efforts to increase participation in school breakfast programs.
- Maryland Middle and High School Students’ Perspectives on Breakfast and School Breakfast
- Predictors of Food Security, Food Environments, and Dietary Quality in Nebraska and Iowa: Evidence from Consumer Research
- Teachers’ Perceptions of the School Breakfast Program: 2003 Survey
- Wisconsin School Breakfast Survey Final Report
Several state superintendents of education have issued memos which clarify that breakfast in the classroom can count as instructional time. These states include:
The media can be a great ally in your work expanding access to school breakfast. From letters to the editor to televised breakfast in the classroom events, speaking directly to the community builds a base of supporters and creates a sense of urgency for change. The following program resources are designed to help advocates reach a greater audience with effective messages.
- Teacher's Report Template School Breakfast Op-Ed
- Teacher's Report Letter to the Editor
- Teacher's Report Power Point Slide Deck
- Teacher's Report School Breakfast Program Factsheet
- Teacher's Report Press Release
- Template School Breakfast Press Release
- Template School Breakfast Proclamation
- Template School Breakfast Facebook and Twitter Posts
- Tips For Planning a Program Site Visit
- Tips for Writing an Op Ed or LTE
These photos were created to raise awareness and support for the No Kid Hungry Campaign and as a resource for our partners. When marketing about you nutrition program be sure to use these vivid photos to enhance your promotional materials.