Breakfast in the Classroom


As you work to improve participation in your School Breakfast Program, the following resources will be valuable. These resources correspond to each item on the Steps to Success: Starting and Expanding Your School Breakfast page.

Convene an Expansion Team

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Assess your school's potential.

Review  Food Research and Action Center's frequently asked questions.

Identify your key resource partners.

Be prepared for barriers.

Take surveys.

Funding Options

Funding is available to schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60.

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Meals Calculator

This new School Meals Calculator from No Kid Hungry assists school decision-makers in forecasting their annual estimated costs, reimbursements and increases in student participation when expanding school breakfast, afterschool meals, and/or summer meals.

Breakfast Models

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service provides links to Service Delivery Worksheets which explain each breakfast delivery model and ask questions to help schools identify the best program for them.

The following document compares Breakfast in the Classroom, Breakfast After the Bell, and Grab ‘N’ Go Breakfast side by side to help schools decide which is most appropriate for them.

In the Resources sidebar, the Food Research and Action Center links to reports created by other states about alternate breakfast programs. These resources can serve to advise and inspire ideas when contemplating alternate models.

The USDA shares the following document to explain in depth each school breakfast delivery model.          

The Food Research and Action Center provides a fact sheet for each alternate breakfast delivery model.

Breakfast in the Classroom:

Breakfast After the Bell:

Grab ‘N’ Go Breakfast:


Menu Planning

National Dairy Council offers sample menus that meet nutrition guidelines to support school nutrition professionals in efforts to provide healthy meals to students.

School Nutrition Association and Alliance for a Healthier Generation provide sample school breakfast menus that meet the new nutrition guidelines.

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service explains the current breakfast meal pattern, shares creative ways to follow it, and provides sample hot and cold breakfast menus.




New England Dairy and Food Council provides useful tools for promoting a breakfast program including posters, breakfast club cards, announcements, and more.

Breakfast Everyday provides fact sheets, flyers, brochures and research results all aimed to support breakfast.

No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices provides tips and tools to engage the media.

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service offers comprehensive marketing guidance and resources.


Monitor and Evaluate

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service offers the following evaluation resources, prompting schools to inquire key questions to indicate program successes and opportunities for improvement.