Monday, February 18, 2019

Breakfast After the Bell
grants deadline approaching

The next deadline for applications for a “Breakfast After the Bell” grant opportunity, offered by the No Kid Hungry organization, is March 4, 2019.

Breakfast After the Bell aims to increase student participation in school breakfast, based upon research showing schoolchildren can’t learn when hungry. The Breakfast After the Bell model in Illinois follows the 2016 passage of SB 2393, now Public Act 99-0850.

The No Kids Hungry organization offers grant funds supporting one of several models of breakfast delivery in which students can “grab and go,” taking breakfast to their classroom, or have breakfasts served and eaten in the classroom. Some options offer “second chance” breakfast after the first period of classes.

Grant funds can be used for approved equipment, supplies, technology, and promotional materials. Examples include carts for moving food to the classrooms, or insulated bags for “grab and go,” or point-of-service technology. The food itself is not included in the grant.

Applying schools must be implementing or prepared to implement a Breakfast After the Bell delivery model. A district must apply separately for each school interested. Information about the program, including a toolkit for implementation, is here.

Details on the grant application are available from that page or can be obtained by clicking here.