School Breakfast Program

Use the sections below to learn about the School Breakfast Program, assess your program, ways to increase participation, and more.

General Resources

School Breakfast Assessment Tool (PDF | 140 KB)

Michigan Department of Education. Team Nutrition Michigan.

Schools can use this tool to assess their School Breakfast Program and develop an action plan to improve SBP participation.

School Breakfast Program


Includes guidance materials, program history, regulations, menu planning information, income eligibility guidelines, and more.

Best Practice Guide for In-Classroom Breakfast

Institute of Child Nutriton.

A resource and checklist to guide school nutrition directors who wish to implement in-classroom breakfast programs that are customized for each school within a district, or to assess existing in-classroom breakfast programs in schools.

Breakfast in the Classroom Resource Center

School Nutrition Foundation.

Thinking about implementing breakfast in the classroom in your district or need more information about alternative breakfast models? The Breakfast Resource Center has a wealth of ideas to help inform and guide you in making the right choices for the children in your district. Includes sample parent letters, power point presentations, links to menus, and more.

Ways to Make Breakfast the Easy and Healthy Choice: Responding to the Students (2013-2014 School Year)

Iowa Department of Education.

This best practice guide was developed through a series of interviews with high school students. This guide can be utilized by schools to communicate more effectively with students and to suggest new breakfast food offerings that are appealing to students, leading to increased breakfast participation.

Team Nutrition Michigan - School Breakfast Success Stories (Videos)

Michigan Department of Education. Team Nutrition Michigan.

These 20 video clips highlight the importance of School Breakfast Programs (SBP) and show how Team Nutrition Michigan worked with schools to make their SBP a success!

Expanding Your School Breakfast Program (July 2013)


This step-by-step guide helps you create a breakfast-focused team, explore alternative service methods, design and implement an action plan, and market the program effectively to improve participation and positively impact student health and academic potential.

Menu Planning

Twitter Toolkit for School Cafeterias (2014) (PDF | 1.57 MB)

Iowa Department of Education.

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide food service directors, cafeteria workers, and school administrators with information and resources to develop and manage their own Twitter account, including how to set up an account, how to develop messages, what to tweet about, and how to increase your followers. This resource can be used to target middle and high school students.

On, Wisconsin! Menus-Breakfast (PDF | 570 KB)

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Breakfast recipes and nutrient analysis based on portion sizes.

Iowa Gold Star Breakfast Menu (2013-2014 School Year) (PDF | 81 KB)

Iowa Team Nutrition.

The Iowa Gold Star Breakfast Menu consists of a 2-week cycle menu and 1 week Grab ‘n Go breakfast menu that meet the 2013-2014 breakfast meal pattern with flexibilities. The menu meets the K-8 grade group meal pattern with 10 grain oz. eq./week and 400-550 daily average calories/week.

Healthier Kansas Menus: Breakfast (Meets Sodium Requirements for SY 2014-15) (2009)

Kansas State Department of Education.

The Healthier Kansas Menus are designed to help you meet the challenge of serving nutritious meals that will appeal to students. Provided resources include school-tested menus and recipes that meet the challenge.


Discover School Breakfast Toolkit


This kit is designed to assist those interested in increasing access to the School Breakfast Program to determine the type of meal service most suited to their needs and to develop a marketing plan that will capture and keep all of their customers.

Energize Your Day with School Breakfast! Toolkit (June 2014)


Collection of digital resources for establishing or expanding the breakfast service within a school.

Breakfast Bulletin Board Resources

Encourage the healthy habit of eating breakfast with posters and other promotional materials.

School Breakfast Reimbursable Meal Identification Signage

Iowa Team Nutrition.

School breakfast signage to assist students in selecting their meal choices and to reduce unintentional purchase of food items not included in the reimbursable meal.

Five Steps to Launch a Breakfast Showcase (PDF | 1.12 MB)

Michigan Department of Education.

A Breakfast Showcase is a great way to introduce new menu items, serving methods and delivery systems while also increasing School Breakfast Program participation. The Five Steps in the link below will lead you to a successful Breakfast Showcase!



Is This Meal Reimbursable - Breakfast? Trainer's Notes (May 2014) (PDF | 127.75 KB)

Kansas State Department of Education: Child Nutrition & Wellness

An overview of reimbursable meals for each age group. Sample meals are shown to help users identify what constitutes a reimbursable meal for each age group, quickly and accurately.

Meal Pattern Changes for 2014-2015 Breakfast and Lunch

California Department of Education.

Webinar on the upcoming meal pattern changes for 2014--15 for breakfast and for lunch presented by the Nutrition Services Division of the California Department of Education.

Meal Pattern Training Resources (2014-2015)

Institute of Child Nutrition.

Meal Pattern Training Resources focus on Food-Based Menu Planning (FBMP) required for the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). It provides an overview of the Meal Pattern and is part of the Recognizing a Reimbursable Meal training resource. The training includes a trainer's script, participants' handouts, and PowerPoint presentation.