Breakfast in the Classroom Funding Available from Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom

2017-03-13

If you are in one of the ten target states--Ohio, Oklahoma, Missouri, Utah, Texas, Idaho, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Nebraska—you’re eligible to apply for a Partners for BIC grant.

Are you interested in implementing universal breakfast-in-the-classroom in your school or district? If you live in one of the above ten target states, the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom invite you to register for the Tuesday, March 28, 2017 webinar “Breakfast in the Classroom Funding Available” at 2 p.m. ET. Use your National School Breakfast Week momentum and leverage those increased participation numbers to make a push for universal breakfast-in-the-classroom in your school or district!

During this webinar you will hear from the School Nutrition Foundation, The NEA Foundation, and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) about new funding available through Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom. The Partners for BIC work together to expand universal, in-classroom breakfast programs, providing funds, technical assistance, and support to school districts to implement BIC.

“This is a unique grant opportunity because each grant applicant is encouraged to complete a needs assessment to determine how much money they should request,” says Elizabeth Campbell (RD, MA, Consultant SNF/Partners for BIC). “In some cases, schools only need a few pieces of equipment and in other cases, we are able to provide schools with freezers, kiosks, and funds to market the program. It all depends on what each school needs to be successful.”

Eating school breakfast is associated with improved memory and concentration, and higher scoring on standardized tests, while reducing tardies, absences, and visits to the school nurse. Yet just over half of the students eligible for free and reduced lunch also participate in the School Breakfast Program (SBP)—why? Several barriers affect breakfast participation at school, including stigma, bus schedules/drop-off times, cost, and simple logistics (e.g. the cafeteria is too far away from homeroom). According to FRAC’s most recent School Breakfast Scorecard, moving breakfast to the classroom is a proven strategy to remove these barriers, “overcoming timing, convenience, and stigma barriers that get in the way of children participating in school breakfast.”

Since their inception in 2010 the Partners for BIC have helped 36 school districts in 18 states feed more than 63,000 additional students a school breakfast. By improving participation in the School Breakfast Program, educational and behavioral outcomes for students improve while school nutrition programs benefit from increased SBP reimbursements. Currently in their fourth funding cycle, the Partners will distribute a generous $7.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to help support the expansion of school breakfast to an additional 30,000 students.

A Partners for BIC grant can help you navigate challenges like equipment, storage, and food quality/menuing, as well as helping you build strong stakeholder support from the ground up. Take a few minutes to review video below to learn more about developing stakeholder support for breakfast-in-the-classroom:

You’ll also find a selection of stakeholder stories on our blog at BeyondBreakfast.org, including testimonials from superintendents, principals, teachers, and other school staff.

Presenters: Elizabeth Campbell, MA, RD, Food Security & Nutrition Consultant, SNF; Sarah Murphy Youssef, MS, SNF Program Manager

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