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:
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- 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 Breakfast in the Classroom Toolkit. Click here to download a copy of the toolkit and see the additional resources available to help get you started with BIC.
2018 Champions of Breakfast Awards
ADE and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Western Regional Office are pleased to release nomination materials for the 2018 Champions of Breakfast Awards.
These awards recognize the outstanding achievements of School Food Authorities and/or individual schools that impressively administer the National School Breakfast Program (SBP), while providing nutritious meals to children in the Western Region States. The 2018 Champions of Breakfast Award categories for nomination are:
2. Implementation of an Innovative School Breakfast Model
3. Boosting Breakfast Meal Quality
Below are the application materials containing detailed information on the award categories and nomination form.
Please submit all nominations to [email protected] by January 12, 2018.
Arizona had two winners last year! We look forward to your nominations and celebrating your School Breakfast Program achievements.
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.