School Breakfast Program
To emphasize how important School Breakfast is in the state of Arizona, former Governor Jan Brewer has signed a School Breakfast Proclamation which can be found here:
School Breakfast News
2019 USDA Champions of Breakfast Awards
The Champions of Breakfast Awards recognize schools and districts that operate exemplary School Breakfast Programs. Arizona submitted five nominations for this award and we are pleased to announce that we had three winners this year! Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination and congratulations to our winners!
Antelope Union High School District is a recipient of the award for the category Successful Startup of a New School Breakfast Program. Antelope High School had an outstanding increase in breakfast participation as a result of strategically piloting universal free breakfast, upgrading school breakfast equipment through grant funding and implementing alternative models of breakfast service. Congratulations, Antelope Union High School District!
Balsz School District is a recipient of the award for the category Implementation of an Innovative School Breakfast Model. Balsz has elevated their Breakfast in the Classroom program through partnerships with national and local organizations, support from the entire school community, and implementing policies that support the district’s Healthy Eating, Active Living (H.E.A.L), such as allowing students 15-30 minutes to eat their breakfast meals, only serving fresh fruit, and providing nutrition education during breakfast time. Congratulations, Balsz School District!
Buckeye Elementary School District is a recipient of the award for the category Successful Startup of a New School Breakfast Program. Buckeye ESD had an outstanding increase in breakfast participation by expanding their Breakfast in the Classroom program to all schools after a successful pilot at one school. They have also received grant funding and strategically utilize USDA Foods to ensure financial viability of the program. Congratulations, Buckeye Elementary School District!
Looking for some new entrée’s to add to your breakfast menu? Check out this great breakfast cookbook with meal pattern crediting from the Idaho Department of Education! School Breakfast Cookbook
- A flyer or brochure home with students in their welcome back packets containing information about the times breakfast is available and the cost (if applicable);
- Flyers or handouts during meet the teacher night and open house nights;
- Electronic materials sent to families via e-mail (inclusion in school e-newsletters or announcements, posted on the school website homepage);
- Reminders on the school marquee sign throughout the year;
- Menus home throughout the year with reminders about the times and locations where breakfast is available.
See Memo CN 04-12 for more information about the outreach requirements related to the School Breakfast Program.
Breakfast After the Bell FAQs
These customizable resources answer those frequently asked questions that School Nutrition Directors and Principals get from parents regarding Breakfast After the Bell. Schools can edit these resources to personalize them according to the specifics of their program.
Breakfast is an important part of a healthy school day, and participation can be increased by implementing an alternative service model, making minor changes to your cafeteria operation, planning exciting events during National School Breakfast Week and participating the Dairy Council of Arizona’s School Breakfast Promotion!
National School Breakfast Week
National School Breakfast Week is March 5-9, 2018!
National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) is a wonderful opportunity for schools to promote their breakfast program, increase participation, and educate the school community about the benefits of school breakfast. Each year has its own theme, and this year’s theme is “I icon heart School Breakfast,” which appeals to today’s students who are smartphone-savvy and communicate through emojis and social media. Not familiar with social media? That’s ok! Recruit some students to help you use social media to promote NSBW. You could even make it a contest!
Here are some ideas for celebrating NSBW:
- Serve a special menu for NSBW, such as student favorites.
- Raffles for students that eat breakfast or post a picture of their breakfast meal to the school’s Facebook page using #NSBW2018.
- Promote your NSBW celebrations on the morning announcements.
- Enlist students’ help with using emojis and social media and promoting your celebrations.
- Launch a “Facebook Live” video with a cafeteria tour or cooking demonstration.
- Invite the media, local government officials, and school leaders to your events or breakfast service.
The School Nutrition Association (SNA) has created a toolkit to help you plan and implement your NSBW activities. Find the toolkit and more NSBW resources at https://schoolnutrition.org/nsbw.
We would icon heart to see your NSBW celebrations! e-Mail photos of your celebrations to [email protected] and you may be featured in our weekly e-blast!
Other resources to help increase participation in school breakfast
- Grab and Go Fact Sheet
- Second Chance Breakfast Fact Sheet
- Breakfast in the Classroom Fact Sheet
- Breakfast after the Bell Success Stories from Secondary School Principals (Courtesy of FRAC).
Breakfast in the Classroom is another alternate service model and ADE has worked in partnership with the Valley of the Sun United Way and the Dairy Council of Arizona to create a Arizona School Breakfast Toolkit. Click here to download a copy of the 2019 Arizona School Breakfast Toolkit and see the additional resources available to help get you started with alternative school breakfast models.
Grant Funds for School Breakfast
There are several organizations offering grant funds to help with the start-up costs associated with implementing an alternative service model or increasing participation.
- 2019 No Kid Hungry Breakfast After the Bell Grants! Applications are due February 22, 2019
- Dairy Council of Arizona and Fuel Up to Play 60
- Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom Grant For Arizona Schools