Nutrition and Wellness Programs
School Breakfast Mandate
Public Act 096-0158 requires that the board of education of each school district in this State shall implement and operate a School Breakfast Program in the next school year in accordance with federal guidelines in each school building within its district in which at least 40 percent or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches. District may determine serving venue. State reimbursement to offset a portion of the cost of the meal is available if a site serves a reimbursable meal to a student eligible for a free meal and the site is enrolled in the Illinois Free Breakfast and Lunch Programs. Both state and federal reimbursement is available if a site enrolls in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and/or School Breakfast Program (SBP).
Breakfast After the Bell Mandate
Public Act 99-0850 requires every public school in which at least 70 percent of the students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches in October of the preceding year* must operate a breakfast after the bell program. Breakfast after the bell means breakfast is provided to children after the instructional day has officially begun and does not prohibit schools from also providing breakfast before instructional day begins. Schools may choose whatever delivery model that best suits the students. Typical options include:
- Breakfast in the Classroom: Food is delivered (by staff, students or volunteers) to each classroom after school begins and students are permitted to eat breakfast in the classroom.
- Grab and Go: Students pick-up bagged or boxed breakfast from carts or specified areas and are permitted to eat in either designated areas or the classroom.
- Second-Chance Breakfast: An extended passing or breakfast period is offered in the cafeteria, following the first or second period of the day.
- Other options include serving breakfast during an early recess or outdoor lesson. As long as breakfast is offered to all students after the instructional day has begun, schools and districts have great flexibility in serving breakfast after-the-bell.
- State reimbursement to offset a portion of the cost of the meal is available if a site serves a reimbursable meal to a student eligible for a free meal and the site is enrolled in the Illinois Free Breakfast and Lunch Programs. Both state and federal reimbursement is available if a site enrolls in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and/or School Breakfast Program (SBP).
- Grant funding is also now available for new and expanding Breakfast After the Bell (BATB) programs statewide! The next No Kid Hungry Illinois Breakfast Grant deadline is November 18. Grants are available for up to $5,000 each and will support schools with the purchase of approved equipment, materials and initiatives facilitating alternative breakfast models such as Breakfast in the Classroom or Grab N Go Breakfast.
To apply, visit grants.nokidhungry.org. The application is easy and we can help along the way! You will need to create an account - when prompted, enter the access code: ILBREAKFAST2017. For more information on the No Kid Hungry Illinois Breakfast Grant, contact email@example.com.
- How to Determine Schools/Sites Are Mandated to Operate the School Breakfast Program (8/16)
- Petition for Exemption: