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Schools are required to offer the breakfast near the beginning of the school day, and must allow sufficient time for the meal to be served and eaten. Many schools offer breakfast in the cafeteria before school begins. However, other methods can reduce barriers to participation and remove the social stigma associated with the program.
As an extra incentive for schools to expand their breakfast programs, the School Breakfast Challenge rewards schools with the largest percentage increase in average daily participation rates.
The Illinois Breakfast Challenge is a statewide partnership of the Illinois State Board of Education, Rise & Shine Illinois and the Midwest Dairy Council. The Challenge brings together state agencies, local nonprofits and corporate partners to end child hunger in Illinois.
2016 Challenge information will be posted in Winter 2015.