School Breakfast Matters

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.

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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

Download Nebraska Appleseed’s 2017-18 School Breakfast Report with our most recent breakfast performance data from every district across the state.

The interactive map below shows some basic stats about each district’s efforts to feed low-income students. Serving 70 low-income (F/RP) students breakfast (SBP) per 100 at lunch (NSLP) is the national benchmark and the higher the better.

Scroll over your district to see their performance, statewide ranking, and choices regarding breakfast service.

Table 1: Additional Low-Income Students Served and Additional Federal Reimbursements Received if Districts Reached Ratio of 70 in School Breakfast per 100 in School Lunch

Table 2: Breakfast Models, Provision 2, and Community Eligibility

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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