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
2018 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!
Alhambra Elementary School District is a recipient of the award for the category Implementation of an Innovative School Breakfast Model. Alhambra partnered with the Dairy Council of Arizona and Valley of the Sun United Way to secure grant funding to implement Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) at thirteen of their sites. Since implementing BIC, their breakfast participation has more than doubled! They have received positive feedback from the community and support from the Governing Board, principals, teachers and nurses, as they have seen a significant reduction in student absenteeism, tardiness and nurse visits. Teachers have embraced BIC and have used this time to build a “family-type” atmosphere or to provide innovative health and wellness lessons. Students are loving the “made from scratch” breakfast options and being able to share their feedback through taste tests. Congratulations, Alhambra!
- Creighton Elementary District is a recipient of the award for the category Implementation of an Innovative School Breakfast Model. They have implemented an Edible Ed Cart, which is a mobile cart they take to classrooms where they do cooking demonstrations and lessons on specific foods that incorporate math, science, writing and art. This program gives the Child Nutrition Department the ability to interact with students in a comfortable setting and learn about healthy foods and eating well-rounded breakfast and lunches. Their lessons on breakfast and breakfast foods has led to a substantial increase in participation. Congratulations, Creighton!
- Peoria Elementary District is a recipient of the award for the category Implementation of an Innovative School Breakfast Model. Peoria has implemented a program called E.A.T. Breakfast (Everyone All Together Eating Breakfast). With this program, students come to the cafeteria by grades and are accompanied by their teachers. Students get to eat breakfast with their friends and teachers, which has created a sense of community at the school and gives students plenty of time for a healthy breakfast to start the day. They have added additional serving lines in the cafeteria to allow students to receive their meal quickly. Since implementing this model, breakfast participation has doubled or tripled, and the increased revenue has allowed the schools to offer universal free breakfast. Congratulations, Peoria!
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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.
Do you operate an alternative service model in your breakfast program? Or are you interested in implementing an alternative service model? Attend our regional training, Operating Alternative Service Models in the School Breakfast Program. This training is designed to assist SFAs with successfully implementing an alternative breakfast model that can reach more students and increase participation. Topics include the types of alternative models available, menu planning, reimbursable meals, and accurate counting and claiming.
- 9/5/18 Phoenix
- 9/12/18 Tucson
- 9/18/18 Flagstaff
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.