Breakfast in the Classroom
Breakfast to Jump Start Your Day: Grant Opportunities
Welcome to the new school year! We hope your students are getting settled well into their classrooms. We want to let Georgia schools know about a great grant opportunity: Breakfast in the Classroom. The Breakfast in the Classroom initiative takes the traditional school breakfast approach and improves it by moving it to the classroom, where every child is eligible to participate. The approach is simple. Children eat together in the classroom, usually the homeroom, at the start of the school day. They enjoy nutritionally well-balanced foods like breakfast wraps, yogurt, or fruit served directly in their classroom or grabbed from a cart in the hallway. Students then eat breakfast while the teacher takes attendance, collects homework or teaches a short lesson plan.
One of the most important factors for our children is a solid breakfast to start their day. According to the Food Research and Action Center, eating breakfast at school helps children learn: studies show that children who eat breakfast at the start of their school day have higher math and reading scores, have sharper memory and show faster speed on cognitive tests, have broader vocabularies, do better on standardized tests, and focus better and behave better.
Eating breakfast at school has health benefits too. Children are less likely to be absent. They’re less likely to see the school nurse and less likely to be overweight. They eat more fruit, drink more milk and consume a wider variety of foods.
Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom is a consortium of national education and nutrition organizations including the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation, the National Education Association Healthy Futures and the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) that came together in 2010 in response to a shared passion for childhood nutrition and its potential for improving educational outcomes and child health. Funding is provided by the Wal-Mart Foundation. Here in Georgia, the partners include the Georgia PTA, the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals, the Georgia Association of Educators, and the Georgia School Nutrition Association.
GRANT FUNDS CAN BE USED FOR:
- Equipment needs and Supplies (including cleaning supplies like trash bags, garbage bins, etc…)
- Limited Staff Support (up to three months) and Training
- Marketing and Promotion (marketing is typically $1/child)
- 70% of students qualify for Free- or Reduced-Priced (FRP) Meals (or operating CEP)
- Less than 50% School Breakfast average daily participation (ADP)
- Willingness to serve Breakfast in the Classroom at no charge to all students
- Strong support from Superintendent
- 3-year commitment to making reasonable efforts to continue the program
- Willingness to promote the program
Click on the links below for helpful statistics and research on a Breakfast program:
- FRAC’s Breakfast for Learning Brief
- FRAC’s Breakfast for Health Brief
- Community Eligibility Fact Sheet
We encourage you to explore this opportunity for your school and/or school district. Need some assistance? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on how to get started. Let’s give all of our students the best opportunity to be successful during the school day with a jump start to their day!
Download the Breakfast in the Classroom Flyer Here