The Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom grant, funded by the Walmart Foundation, was successful in distributing over $3M to support schools transitioning to breakfast after the bell models in 10 states, including Nebraska! That means the grant is no longer open for applications.
That does not mean your school or district can’t still move to an alternative breakfast model and see the same benefits for your students and school!
See resources below or contact Eric Savaiano to learn more.
In Nebraska, over 97,000 children struggle with hunger. The School Breakfast Program makes it possible for all school children in Nebraska to receive a nutritious breakfast every day.
Yet, nearly 41 children in Nebraska from low-income households ate school breakfast for every 100 that received free or reduced-price lunch in the 2014–2015 school year. While this is an increase from the prior year, there is opportunity for growth.
Serving breakfast in the classroom, as a part of the school day, removes many of the barriers associated with low participation in the program, such as tight bus schedules, late arrivals, and stigma associated with the traditional program.
Nebraska Appleseed, along with the other Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom, is committed to helping schools in Nebraska increase breakfast participation.
Nebraska partners include: Nebraska Appleseed, Nebraska State Department of Education (NDE), Nebraska State Education Association (NSEA), Nebraska Council of School Administrators (NCSA); along with national partners: the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation (NAESPF), the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF), and The NEA Foundation.
Benefits of School Breakfast
Missing meals and experiencing hunger impair children’s development and achievement.
Studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Pediatrics, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry document the negative effects of hunger on children’s academic performance and behavior in school.
- Hungry children have lower math scores and are more likely to have to repeat a grade;
- Children experiencing hunger are more likely to be hyperactive, absent, and tardy, in addition to having behavioral and attention problems more often than other children;
- Children with hunger are more likely to have repeated a grade, received special education services, or received mental health counseling than low-income children who do not experience hunger.
Breakfast plays a significant role in shaping the learning environment.
- Eating breakfast at school helps children perform better. Numerous published studies show that academic achievement among students who eat school breakfast tends to improve, especially in vocabulary, math, and standardized tests.
- Students who eat breakfast at school have better attendance and tend to behave better. In studies of school breakfast programs in Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, and Rhode Island, scientists found that students who eat breakfast at school have better attendance records, are less likely to be tardy, and exhibit fewer behavioral and psychological problems than students who do not eat breakfast at school.
- Eating breakfast can improve children’s diets and may reduce their risk for obesity. Studies show that children who regularly eat breakfast have a better quality of nutrient intake and are less likely to be overweight or obese.
To learn more about the research on the benefits of school breakfast, check out these issue briefs highlighting the links between school breakfast and favorable education and health outcomes: