About Us

Rise & Shine Illinois is a partnership of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, a national child hunger- relief organization, and several Illinois hunger-relief organizations. The campaign was launched in 2012 as a response to a recommendation of the Illinois Commission to End Hunger. Rise & Shine Illinois is a public-private coalition working to end childhood hunger in Illinois ensuring all children get the healthy food they need every day. Rise & Shine Illinois is underwritten by a private philanthropist.

The goal of Rise & Shine Illinois is to connect students with the meals most critical to their success: Breakfast, After-School, and Summer Meals.

BREAKFAST: Rise & Shine Illinois works with schools to increase participation in the National School Breakfast Program (NSBP) by using proven alternative Breakfast A er the Bell models (Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab ‘N’ Go, or Second Chance). The NSBP is federally-funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered at the state level by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The program provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts to children. Through the NSBP, all Illinois schools are eligible for free, federally – funded breakfast.

When the school bell rings at the end of the day, or the end of the school year, many children who rely on free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch are unsure of where their next meal will come from. This means that for many children, a er-school and summer meal programs are their only opportunity to access a healthy meal during these

AFTER-SCHOOL MEALS: Rise & Shine Illinois works with schools and organizations to increase participation in the At-Risk After-School Meals Program. Under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) the At-Risk After-School Meals Program is federally-funded by the USDA and administered by ISBE. The program provides for snacks and meals to be served at after-school programs that offer enrichment or educational activities.
SUMMER MEALS: Rise & Shine Illinois works with schools and organizations to increase participation in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), also known as the Summer Meals Program. The Summer Meals Program is federally-funded by the USDA and administered by ISBE. The programs provides free nutritious meals to kids, age 18 and under during the summer months ensuring children’s bodies and minds are healthy, strong, and ready for the next school year.

For help implementing a Breakfast A er the Bell Program and/or to become a Sponsor or Site for a At-Risk A er-School Meals and/or Summer Meals Program email us at riseandshineillinois@gcfd.org

 

 

 

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                              ¹Source: Hunger in Illinois