Breakfast

“If it had not been for the Hunger Relief Alliance and Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign, I would have never heard of Breakfast in the Classroom—a program that costs us nothing, that makes our grades better, our attendance better, and our discipline better.”  Matt Mellor, Principal, Daisy Bates Elementary School, Little Rock, AR

Watch the Breakfast After the Bell: An Everyday Part of Learning video and find out what superintendents, principals, and child nutrition directors are saying about Breakfast-After-the-Bell programs in their schools.

School Breakfast Is Key to Student Success

Improved Academic Performance.

  • Children who eat breakfast at school – closer to class and test-taking time – perform better on standardized tests than those who skip breakfast or eat breakfast at home.
  • The School Breakfast Program is an important tool for educators to ensure that students have adequate nutrition to learn and thrive and not be distracted by hunger or lack of proper nutrition in the classroom.

Fewer Behavioral Problems.

  • Students who participate in school breakfast exhibit decreased behavioral and psychological problems and have lower rates of absence and tardiness.
  • Providing students with breakfast in the classroom is associated with fewer disciplinary office referrals

Improved Children’s Diets.

  • Breakfasts served as part of the School Breakfast Program provide key nutrients children need every day—and updated nutrition requirements established under the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 have amplified these benefits.
  • All meals meet nutrition guidelines that limit sodium and saturated fats and eliminate trans fats.
  • Children who participate in school breakfast are more likely to consume diets that are adequate or exceed standards for important vitamins and minerals than those who do not eat school breakfast or who have breakfast at home.
  • Children and adolescents who eat school breakfast are significantly less likely to be overweight, while skipping breakfast is associated with a higher risk of obesity.
  • School breakfast also helps build lifelong healthy eating habits
Resources You Can Use

fruit smoothieCheck out the newest way to boost breakfast participation numbers and give kids what they want for breakfast by adding Smoothies to your breakfast menu. Here’s how.  Getting Started with Smoothies at Breakfast

 

 

 

Breakfast After the Bell  Media Tool Kit

Want help promoting your new Breakfast After the Bell program? Check out these helpful promotional materials.

Breakfast After the Bell talking Points
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Community Eligibility Program: Ensuring All Kids Eat Breakfast and Lunch

CEP photo jpgThe Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) makes it easier for high need schools to serve free meals—both breakfast and lunch—to all students by removing the need for schools to collect paper applications.  Because implementing community eligibility means schools are serving breakfast to all students at no charge, it is a great way to maximize the benefits of breakfast models such as Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab & Go and Second Chance Breakfast. Schools and nutrition advocates should work together to plan how they will implement this provision.

Making A Difference in Arkansas Schools
See why the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and school superintendents are supporting the Community Eligibility Provision and Breakfast After the Bell programs.
Benefits of Community Eligibility

Community eligibility has a number of benefits to students and schools.  It helps schools reduce administrative costs related to collecting and processing applications and tracking students based on meal eligibility status.  Participating schools no longer have to collect payments during the meal service.  It can also reduce stigma because all students are eating meals at no cost, regardless of their income status.

According to an analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Food Research and Action Center, the first three community eligibility pilot states, Illinois, Michigan, and Kentucky, have already seen success.  Schools participating in CEP in these three states saw an increase in lunch participation of 13 percent and an increase in breakfast participation of 25 percent.

Urge your school principal or superintendent to sign up for the Community Eligibility Program. It’s the best way to make sure all of our kids get the nutritious meals they need. Click here for more on Community Eligibility.

CEP fact sheet update FRAC

Hungry Children Have Difficulty Learning

3 out of 4 teachersThree out of four teachers surveyed as part of  Share Our Strength’s Hunger in Our Schools 2015 report said they have students in their classrooms who regularly come to school hungry. Studies show that children who eat a healthy breakfast have better overall academic achievement, fewer headaches and stomach aches, better concentration, fewer behavioral issues and better outcomes than those who skip breakfast regularly. The health benefits are clear too: students who eat breakfast generally have better vitamin and nutrient intake and are less prone to being overweight or obese. So with this overwhelming body of knowledge, why are so many kids coming to school hungry?

Barriers to Breakfast
DSC00212The School Breakfast Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, plays a crucial role in making sure kids get the food they need to focus and excel in the classroom. But all too often participation rates in these programs are low. In Arkansas, only 55 percent of children who receive a free or reduced-price lunch currently participate in the School Breakfast Program. Early work schedules and transportation, social stigma, and children with finicky eating habits all contribute to kids missing breakfast in the morning. Too often that means children start off the day at a disadvantage, without the energy to learn and participate. The Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign is actively working with educators to change the picture.

Breakfast After the Bell Models Break Down Barriers

Models Break Down Barriers
There are creative, low-cost ways of increasing school breakfast participation and new regulations that make it easier to include more children. The Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign works with superintendents, principals, school child nutrition directors, teachers, parents and students to implement new ways to serve breakfast such as offering Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab & Go, Second Chance, Grab & Go Smoothie and other options that make breakfast part of every students morning schedule. Increased breakfast participation rates also means more federal dollars coming into the child nutrition departments.

According to educators who have introduced Breakfast After the Bell programs, they have positive effects for their students:

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Breakfast Matters. We can help.

If you’re interested in increasing the effectiveness of your school breakfast program let our Breakfast Advocates― most of whom are retired administrators and food service directors themselves ― fill you in on how easy and effective alternative breakfast models can be.

Contact:
Vivian Nicholson
Breakfast Program Director
vnicholson@arhungeralliance.org
501.399.9999 or 501.276.6715

Arkansas No Kid Hungry School Breakfast Grants

DSC_0136Grants from Share Our Strength and the Arkansas No Kid Hungry campaign help expand school breakfast participation. This non-competitive grant is available to schools starting an alternative breakfast delivery model, such as Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab & Go, Second Chance, Grab & Go Smoothie or other models. These funds, if awarded, will pay for supplies and equipment to implement the model.

The grant application period for the 2017/2018 school year is now open. See the next section below for details.

About the Arkansas No Kid Hungry School Breakfast Grants

Purpose:

Grants will support schools with the purchase of approved equipment, materials and initiatives facilitating breakfast after the bell delivery models (such as breakfast in the classroom, grab and go, or second chance breakfast) in an effort to increase student participation in school breakfast. Please note that you must submit one application per school for which you are requesting funding. If you would like to request funds for two schools, you will need to submit two separate applications.

 

Eligibility:

Applying schools must either be implementing or be prepared to implement a breakfast after the bell delivery model. Successful models include collaboration of everyone in the school district; including the School Principal, Teachers, the Food Service Nutrition Director, and the Superintendent. All applications must have authorized approval by the School Principal and Food Service Nutrition Director.

 

Eligible Uses of Grant Funds:

The purchase of equipment, such as insulated bags and grab-and-go carts;

  • The purchase of supplies, such as trash cans and bags or other items associated with operating the breakfast program;
  • The purchase of technology, such as a point of service machines; and
  • The purchase of materials needed for breakfast promotion, such as banners and ads.
  • *As a general rule, we do not provide funding for the cost of food

 

Requirements:

Grant funding must be used for equipment, supplies or materials associated with implementing a breakfast after the bell program.

Approved breakfast after the bell models include:

Breakfast Model Definition
Breakfast in the Classroom Breakfast is offered/served in the classroom and eaten in the classroom.
Grab and Go to the Classroom, served at the start of the school day. Breakfast is offered/served from one or more central locations at the start of the day only.  Students have the option to eat it in their classroom after the bell has rung.
Second Chance Breakfast, served grab-and-go style to the classroom. Breakfast is offered/served from one or more central locations.  Students have the option to pick it up between 1st and 2nd period to eat it in their classroom after the bell has rung.
Second Chance Breakfast, eaten in the cafeteria. Breakfast is offered/served and eaten in the cafeteria between 1st and 2nd period and students have at least 15 minutes to eat.
Grab and Go to Common Area (must receive No Kid Hungry preapproval) Breakfast is offered/served from one or more central locations, and students must finish their breakfast in a common area before going to their classroom.

 

Application Guidelines

Before starting the application, please plan to have the following information available:

  • School level breakfast and lunch participation data for the most recent month of October and total school enrollment
  • FNS Director and application POC contact information
  • Breakfast model you plan to implement, anticipated start date, and when/where you will serve meals
  • Key strategies you have taken/plan to take to implement your program and anticipated challenges
  • Detailed budget outline of grant request

 

Reporting Requirements:

If funded, you will be required to complete a report on the following:

  • Quarterly participation numbers
  • Final financial report on use of funds
  • Final report narrative report on the successes and challenges of your program over the course of the summer

 

Grant applications will be evaluated based on:

  • Adherence to Eligibility Guidelines
  • Program sustainability beyond the grant funding period
  • Growth potential for breakfast participation

 

Average Amount Granted: $3,500

 

Application Due Date:

  • The online application will remain open from July 10, 2017-March 30, 2018 for grantees to complete an application. Please note: grant reviews will take place on following dates.

 

  • Applications submitted between July 10-August 20 will be reviewed and awarded by September 8, 2017

 

Application Access:

To apply for a No Kid Hungry grant, please follow the below directions:

  1. Ensure that you are using either Mozilla Firefox or Chrome browsers to access our portal. Please do not use Internet Explorer as it may cause unintended technical difficulties.

 

  1. You must first be logged in to our No Kid Hungry Grants Portal by visiting: https://nokidhungrygrants.force.com/. If you do not have an account, please first make sure to register here.

 

  1. If you have an account but have trouble logging in, please reset your password here or email our help desk at grantshelpdesk@strength.org. Please note that your username is the first half of your email. For instance, janedoe@gmail.com has a username of janedoe.

 

  1. You may review our FAQs and other helpful documents that address technical assistance and resources with detailed instructions for completing this application, by visiting our Help Desk Resources Page.

 

  1. To begin your application, please click the following link: https://nokidhungrygrants.force.com/FGM_Portal__CommunitySignupRejected?id=a0l41000004pRuYAAU&ln=en_US

 

  1. Complete the application and click “save and next” before hitting “submit”

 

  1. If you are submitting multiple applications, you will need to click the link in step five again.

Reporting Requirements:

If funded, you will be required to complete a report on the following:

  • Quarterly participation numbers
  • Final financial report on use of funds
  • Final report narrative report on the successes and challenges of your program over the course of the year

Additional Resources

Grants Portal Webinar

Please join us on August 3rd at 2pm via webinar as we walk you through the No Kid Hungry Grants Portal, how to register and login, how to complete a breakfast grant application, and resources available for the implementation of your breakfast after the bell model.  Please see the details below to register today, and after registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We highly recommend this webinar for schools looking to apply for future breakfast grant funds from Share Our Strength, or those who need a refresher on breakfast program implementation resources and how to access our online grants portal.

No Kid Hungry Breakfast Grants-Application and Resources

Thursday, August 3rd
2:00pm – 3:00pm Central time zone
REGISTRATION REQUIRED HERE:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/608183146420874241

Still Have Questions?

Contact:

Vivian Nicholson, Breakfast Program Director
vnicholson@arhungeralliance.org
501-276-6715 (cell)
501-399-9999 (office)

For technical support, please send an email with a description of the issue you are facing to grantshelpdesk@strength.org and copy Vivian at the above email address.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions about the information asked for in the application or the school breakfast program in general, please contact:
Vivian Nicholson
Breakfast Program Director
vnicholson@arhungeralliance.org
501.399.9999 or 501.276.6715

No Kid Hungry Grants
Application 
Webinar

Thursday, August 3rd
2:00pm – 3:00pm CDT
REGISTRATION REQUIRED HERE: 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/608183146420874241

You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar

Learn how to:

*Register and login
*Complete a breakfast grant application
*Find resources available for the implementation of your breakfast after the bell model.

This webinar is for schools looking to apply for future breakfast grant funds from Share Our Strength, or those who need a refresher on breakfast program implementation resources and how to access our online grants portal.