School Breakfast Program


Find resources related to this program, which provides cash assistance to States to operate nonprofit breakfast programs in schools and residential childcare institutions.



Collage of Reports School Breakfast Reports and Studies

View recent research reports regarding Child Nutrition Programs.


School Breakfast Program

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

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


Energize Your Day with School Breakfast! Toolkit

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

This toolkit reflects the newly implemented meal pattern requirements and includes tools and resources to establish or expand your School Breakfast Program. This toolkit can help determine which type of meal service is best suited to a school’s needs, calculate costs of operation, develop menus and a marketing plan that will generate buy-in among school staff and the community, and encourage student participation.


Breakfast in the Classroom Video

California School Boards Association; El Monte City School District.

Video highlighting a successful Breakfast in the Classroom Program at a California elementary school.


Breakfast Bulletin Board Resources

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


Breakfast = Achievement (PDF | 493.47)

Action for Healthy Kids Wyoming.

A hungry stomach can lead to an empty mind. Breakfast helps students be their best. Studies conclude that good nutrition leads to improved classroom performance, higher test scores and better behavior. It can be a challenge to get students to the cafeteria before school, consider making breakfast part of the school day with these alternative breakfast programs that work.


Discover School Breakfast Toolkit

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

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.


Breakfast Promotion Ideas (PDF | 102.57 KB)

Midwest Dairy Council.

Provides an extensive list of ideas and themes aimed at promoting the School Breakfast Program.


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. Follow the Beyond Breakfast Blog to increase participation in the School Breakfast Program through the promotion of Universal Breakfast in the Classroom.


School Breakfast: A Smart Way to Start the Day

National Food Service Management Institute.

This satellite seminar, intended for Child Nutrition professionals, discusses the links between eating breakfast and classroom success, defines a USDA reimbursable breakfast, identifies new menu ideas, describes ways to market the program, and suggests creative ideas for promoting breakfast.


School Breakfast Fundamentals: Innovative Formulas for Breakfast Success

University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension.

Provides examples of alternative ways to serve breakfast, each in a 2-page fact sheet. Each option has tips and describes the experience of a school using that model.


School Breakfast: Key to Academic Excellence (PDF | 183 KB)

Connecticut Department of Education.

Use this two-page fact sheet to promote the School Breakfast Program! Outlines the benefits of school breakfast, including fast facts and figures.