If you work in a Utah school or district that struggles with breakfast participation, we’ve got some news for you: Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom are now offering breakfast-in-the-classroom grants in your state.
According to FRAC’s most recent School Breakfast Scorecard, Utah has increased breakfast participation by 7.7 percent, but it’s not enough; they are still 51st in the country, reaching 38 low-income students at breakfast for every 100 at lunch. That gives Utah a lot of room to grow in terms of school breakfast participation.
Why move breakfast out of the cafeteria and into the classroom? Any number of reasons:
- Breakfast lines are too long to accommodate all students
- Chaos/disruption in the cafeteria and other common social areas
- Low breakfast participation
- Your school nurse suspects hunger is the source of student complaints about head and stomachaches
- Late drop-off prevents some students from accessing the morning meal
Nationwide, fewer than half of students who take advantage of free- and reduced-price lunches also participate in the School Breakfast Program and that is also true in Utah. Implementing a universal breakfast-in-the-classroom program can help you increase access, improve participation, and create a calm, structured morning atmosphere for everyone—students, teachers, administrators, and custodians.
About the Grant
Our grant is designed to help high-need schools and districts implement breakfast-in-the-classroom, at no charge to students, in one or more schools. The Partners for BIC grant is tailored to meet your needs, but also uniquely flexible. Visit our website to learn more about grant eligibility criteria.
Utah School Breakfast Report
Thanks to the Utah Breakfast Expansion Team (UBET) we also have access to the Utah School Breakfast Report: Starting the Day Right: Best Practices for Increasing School Breakfast Participation in Utah Schools provides valuable data about school breakfast participation in Utah, and tips and best practices for districts to more effectively reach students during the morning meal.
About the Partners for BIC
Partners for BIC grant funding is made possible through a generous $7.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation. The Partners for BIC is a consortium made up of the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), the NEA Foundation, the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) and the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Foundation.
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