COVID-19 continues to affect school districts across Nebraska. As school meal service regulations change at the national level, each state and district is making choices about how to best ensure hungry students are receiving meals. Please review your district website and communications to learn about how your district is maintaining nutrition services for students.
Grant opportunities can be available to support school nutrition during the pandemic. Nebraska’s Go Big Breakfast Coalition is keeping track of these opportunities here.
Nebraska School Districts: Apply for a No Kid Hungry Nebraska COVID-19 Grant
No Kid Hungry is offering grants to support school nutrition programs adapting to changing needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding can support supplies and equipment, staff, transportation costs, PPE and touch-less POS equipment, non-reimbursable food costs, outreach, and other expenses. Grants are being reviewed on a rolling basis and can range from $5,000 – $50,000. More details are on Appleseed’s blog.
All kids should have the food they need to live healthy and active lives.
All across Nebraska, we know there are families struggling to make ends meet. But when kids go to school they shouldn’t have to worry about their next meal. The school breakfast and lunch programs are great tools that school districts across Nebraska can use to make sure kids get the food they need. Our role is to make sure districts and schools know about these choices (found below) and are encouraged to use them.
How Do Schools Feed Kids?
The National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs are tools that districts across Nebraska can use to make sure kids get the food they need. District and School leadership should be making choices for these programs that remove barriers and encourage participation.
Proven Ways to Increase School Breakfast Participation
- Implement Alternative Breakfast Models:
- Grab and Go: students pick up food from kiosks or service lines around the school and eat in their classrooms or common areas
- Second Chance Breakfast: students are given a second chance to pick up a meal following their first period class or home room
- Breakfast in the Classroom: students are served breakfast in their classroom at the beginning of the school day
- Implement Breakfast for All (Universal Free Meal) options:
- Community Eligibility Provision (CEP): federal program that allows high poverty schools with populations of 40% or more directly certified students to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students regardless of family income
- Provision 2: provision of the National School Lunch Act that allows schools to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students and eliminate FRPL applications
- Free meals “nonpricing”: free breakfast for all students with the school covering the difference between cost and federal reimbursement funds
Appleseed facilitates Nebraska’s Go Big Breakfast coalition, a group of advocates, administrators, school nutrition professionals, and state agency leaders who have joined forces to help Nebraska improve school breakfast participation. Visit gobigbreakfast.org to find stories of Nebraska success, a map of school by school breakfast performance, and resources to support change in your school.
Nebraska School Breakfast Report & Data
Download the Nebraska Appleseed/Go Big Breakfast Nebraska School Breakfast Report 2018-19 to find model best practices for serving meals to more students and to read examples of districts doing it well.
Did your district make it into the top 10?
What schools near you are serving alternative breakfast models?
How can my school administrators and staff do more to serve breakfast?
Download SY 18-19 breakfast option and performance data by Nebraska school and district including additional federal reimbursement, low income student participation and state rankings.
For additional resources or to learn more, please contact Eric Savaiano at email@example.com or 402-438-8853 ext. 126.
- Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign
- The Food Research and Action Center
- Albertsons Foundation
Related Issue Areas
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