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 developed in response to a recommendation of the Illinois Commission to End Hunger.
Did you know?

  • 1 in 5 children in Illinois struggle with food insecurity, meaning they are unsure of when or where their next meal will come from.¹
  • 3 out of 4 teachers say they teach kids who regularly come to school hungry.²
  • For every 100 students who eat a free or reduced-price lunch, only 48 received breakfast. ³

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

Research shows that children’s health and academics are noticeably improved by implementation of school breakfast. Students who regularly eat school breakfast score 17.5 percent higher on standardized math tests. Teachers and principals report seeing a noticeable increase in attendance and fewer discipline problems since incorporating breakfast programs.

Rise & Shine can help you serve Breakfast After the Bell but what about when the school bell rings at the end of the day, or for that matter, the end of the school year?  We can help with that too.  Click to learn more about Summer Meals and At-Risk After-School Meals programming.

Launched in 2012 as a partnership of Share Our Strength, the Illinois Commission to End Hunger, and the Great Chicago Food Depository – the No Kid Hungry campaign is a public-private coalition working to end child hunger in Illinois and other states ensuring all children get the healthy food they need every day. The campaign works to connect children with effective nutrition programs, including school breakfast, summer meals and after-school meals.

Rise & Shine Illinois is underwritten by a private philanthropist. For more information on the campaign, contact the Greater Chicago Food Depository at 773-247-3663 or email us at riseandshineillinois.org.


                              ¹Source: Hunger in Illinois