With just a few weeks until the end of the school year, it’s time to start thinking about “what’s next” for your school nutrition program. Whether you want to implement summer feeding, plan a breakfast-in-the-classroom pilot for next fall, or catch up on your school nutrition reading we have resources to keep you busy all summer!
Watch & Learn: School Breakfast Webinars
Our partners at Food Research & Action center have a full calendar of webinars through May and June 2018, including topics like how to keep participation up during summer months, serving seniors, and an overview to help you plan school meal programs for SY 2018-2019. Register now for upcoming FRAC webinars.
Are you a School Nutrition Association member? If so, we encourage you to take advantage of SNA’s Webinars On Demand which allow you to revisit past SNA webinars and earn CEUs. Catch up on topics in key areas of Nutrition, Operations, Administration, and Communications & Marketing. There is also a webinar series dedicated to member benefits, some of which do not require SNA membership to review.
Do you want to turn your students into “school foodies”? The Institute of Child Medicine will present a webinar with tips to help you promote school meals and engage students on Thursday, April 26—register here.
School Nutrition Association Annual National Conference: July 9-12, 2018
Are you a School Nutrition Association member attending this year’s Annual National Conference in Las Vegas? The Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom will be there, too! Members of the Partners for BIC team and our individual partners (Food Research & Action Center, the NEA Foundation, and School Nutrition Foundation) will be presenting on BIC during the education sessions and be available to answer your questions on the Exhibit Hall floor. Are you already doing breakfast-in-the-classroom? We want to pick your brain! Find us at ANC and let us know what makes your BIC program unique, and share your best practices with us.
Summer Reading List: School Breakfast Reports
Assign yourself some homework from our Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom summer reading list. Bookmark or download these reports and resources to help you plan school meal programs throughout the summer and fall.
FRAC’s School Breakfast Resources
Back in February our partners at FRAC released their annual School Breakfast Report Card and their Large District Report. Learn what strategies are working to increase participation around the country, including alternative school breakfast delivery (breakfast-in-the-classroom!), Community Eligibility, and Breakfast After the Bell legislation.
School Breakfast Reports by State
Deep dive into school breakfast reports by state to learn what’s working around the country. Read up on best practices, get tips on stakeholder engagement, and find creative inspiration for your own breakfast-in-the-classroom program:
- Rise & Shine Illinois has created the 2018 Illinois Child Nutrition Report that highlights the state’s efforts to combat hunger through school breakfast and afterschool feeding programs. More than one in six Illinois children are food insecure, and this report outlines concrete solutions to combat child hunger; download the report here.
- Our partners at FRAC helped develop the North Carolina School Breakfast Report, which provides a great snapshot of school breakfast efforts in North Carolina.
- Empower Missouri and Operation Food Search and their partners have developed the Missouri School Breakfast Report; the report underscores the importance of strategies like Breakfast After the Bell and making school breakfast universal (free)—and hey, we make an appearance on page 7!
- Our friends at Hunger Free Oklahoma created the Oklahoma School Breakfast Scorecard to illustrate how important school breakfast is to Oklahoma students; Oklahoma currently ranks 23rd on FRAC’s School Breakfast Scorecard.
- Hunger Solutions New York created their own school breakfast report; download Bridging the Gap: Ending Student Hunger with Breakfast After the Bell—and we love these simple, powerful graphics.
Breakfast After the Bell Legislation
Breakfast After the Bell legislation is growing in popularity across the country, from New Jersey to Washington state. Is Breakfast After the Bell legislation on the menu in your state? Make sure your elected representatives know you support breakfast-in-the-classroom and other programs that help bridge the hunger gap.