Breakfast is critical to childhood learning and health, yet many children start the school day hungry. Lack of awareness about school breakfast programs, late bus schedules, and stigmas associated with school breakfast are some of the reasons students don’t eat breakfast when it is served in the cafeteria. Only half of the low-income children who are eligible for a free or reduced-price breakfast through the federal School Breakfast Program are eating it.
Breakfast in the Classroom takes the traditional school breakfast approach and enhances it by moving it to the classroom. Breakfast is available to every child, no matter the family’s income level, making it possible for all children to participate. Grab N’ Go Breakfast takes the same concept and makes it mobile, offering convenient, portable breakfast foods to children as they leave buses and enter school. Breakfast After the Bell is another method of serving breakfast after the first period. Providing breakfast to students at school improves their concentration, alertness, comprehension, memory and learning.
The Dairy Alliance offers grants to schools seeking to establish or improve Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab N’ Go Breakfast, Breakfast After the Bell and other alternative breakfast programs. Grants can be used to purchase transportable coolers to keep cold foods cold, breakfast serving stations and other items to get students excited about eating breakfast. For information about alternative breakfast program grants, please contact our Youth Wellness Director.