School Breakfast Supports Nebraska Families


School nutrition plays a vital role in promoting equity in education. When schools have equitable nutrition programs, not only will kids be healthier and more ready to learn, but schools will in turn see better academic performance and a decrease in behavioral issues. Find information, resources, and tools to help school districts make their nutrition programs more equitable at Nebraska Appleseed’s School Nutrition Equity Resource Page.

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 (see below) and are encouraged to use them.


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

  1. 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 homeroom.
    • Breakfast in the Classroom: Students are served breakfast in their classroom at the beginning of the school day.
  2. Implement Breakfast for All (Universal Free Meal) options
    • Community Eligibility Provision (CEP): This 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 “non-pricing”: Free breakfast for all students with the school covering the difference between cost and federal reimbursement funds.


Appleseed facilitates the Nebraska Student Nutrition Action Committee (SNAC), a group of advocates, administrators, school nutrition professionals, and state agency leaders who have joined forces to help Nebraska improve child nutrition programs. Go Big Breakfast focuses on school breakfast as part of Nebraska SNAC and provides stories of Nebraska success, a map of school-by-school breakfast performance, and resources to support positive change.


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.

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