School Breakfast Matters

COVID-19 and School Nutrition Services in Nebraska

Nebraska Appleseed is meeting the challenges of COVID-19 and distance learning in Nebraska schools by working to spread awareness of continued school grab and go meal services in Nebraska communities. Find meals near you with the resources below:

  • The Nebraska Department of Education has identified nearly 200 districts around the state operating free, grab and go meal services to kids 1-18. Find a map of “open to all” and “closed” (or only available to kids enrolled) locations here.
  • The USDA’s Meals 4 Kids map shares open site information but also includes open meal sites across the US.
  • Text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” to No Kid Hungry’s texting service at 877-877 to get referred to the 3 closest meal sites open near you.

If your organization, agency, or school is supporting meal service for kids during this crisis, you could be eligible for grant funding through the No Kid Hungry campaign. Learn more and start the application process here.

All kids should have the food they need to live healthy and active lives.

School Breakfast Matters

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.

Go Big BreakfastMomentum for Go Big Breakfast

Nebraska’s Go Big Breakfast coalition wants kids and schools to Start the Day with a Win! Led by Nebraska Appleseed, Go Big Breakfast is made of up advocates, educators, administrators, school nutrition professionals, and state agency leaders who have joined forces to help Nebraska improve school breakfast participation through promoting alternative breakfast models. Visit 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, Map, & Data

Breakfast Report

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.

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 home room
    • Breakfast in the Classroom: students are served breakfast in their classroom at the beginning of the school day
  1. 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

Let’s Get Started

Parents and administrators play a role in making change at school. If you have questions or need help getting started, you can connect with us at Nebraska Appleseed by calling Eric at 402-438-8853 ext. 126 or emailing

Nebraska Appleseed’s School Breakfast Work Supporters

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign
The Food Research and Action Center
Albertsons Foundation

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