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Register for CACFP after-school meals 2015 info sessions

New Sponsor Workshops – Summer 2015

The USDA provides reimbursements for snacks and meals served in eligible low-income after-school programs through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At-Risk After-School Meals Program.

In collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education, No Kid Hungry Illinois will be hosting a series of information sessions for interested new CACFP At-Risk After-School Meals sponsors and sites.

All schools, churches, community organizations, rec centers, libraries, park districts, health centers, and other non-profit or for-profit entities welcome!   Topics to be covered:

  • The need: learn the scope of after-school meals in Illinois, identify meal gaps and target areas
  • The solution: general CACFP At-Risk program information – assessment tools, financial calculators
  • How to: become a sponsor or site!
    • Illinois specific eligibility, application instructions, administration, reimbursements
    • Transitioning from Summer Meals Program and NSLP after-school snacks to offering meals year-round through CACFP
  • Best practices: strategies for successful implementation, outreach and partnerships
  • Grant Opportunities: No Kid Hungry after-school meals expansion and pilot grants

Register today!

  • Tuesday, July 21; 1pm – 3pm – Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 319 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights, IL 62208
  • Thursday, August 6; 1pm – 3pm – Peoria Public Library, 107 NE Monroe St, Peoria, IL 61602
  • Wednesday, August 19; 1pm – 3pm – Hilton Hotel, 3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, IL 60532

Contact Malaney Varaljay at mvaraljay@gcfd.org or 773.843.6706 to RSVP.

After-school Grants Awarded!

The children are all smiles at the Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center in Evanston after receiving eating an after-school meal.  The City of Evanston, sponsor of the Center's At-Risk After-School Meals program is a recent recipient of a No Kid Hungry after-school meals expansion grant.

The children are all smiles while eating an after-school meal at the Fleetwood Jourdain Community Center in Evanston. The City of Evanston sponsors the Center’s At-Risk After-School Meals program and is a recent recipient of a No Kid Hungry Illinois after-school meals expansion grant.

In partnership with Rise & Shine Illinois, the Illinois No Kid Hungry campaign awarded its first round of expansion grants for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At-Risk After-school Meals Program.  The purpose of the grants is to help sponsors maximize their ability to serve full supper meals and expand participation in the program. $10,000 was awarded to six different sponsoring organizations throughout the state:

  • Northern Illinois Food Bank, Geneva
  • Catholic Charities of Chicago, Chicago
  • City of Evanston, Evanston
  • Casa Central, Chicago
  • Church of Peace, Rock Island
  • Urbana Neighborhood Connections Center, Urbana

Grants are still available! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with two remaining deadlines.  The next application deadline is August 15.  For full grant details and to apply, click here.

At-Risk After-School Meals Webinar

Register for After-School Meals 101: Starting Your CACFP At-Risk After-School Meals Program – April 16th at 1pm

After-school meals serve a critical need for hungry children in Illinois.  Many schools and organizations already serve snacks or meals in their after-school programs yet they are doing this out of their own cost.  Reimbursements are available to serve free snacks and meals to children in eligible after-school programs through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) At-Risk After-School Meals Program. Join the Illinois State Board of Education and No Kid Hungry Illinois in this webinar to learn how you can start or expand your after-school meals program through CACFP At-Risk and become a stable source of nutrition in your community! Topics covered will include:

  • Current state of after-school meals in Illinois
  • General CACFP At-Risk program information
  • Eligibility, application, administration and reporting requirements for:
    – Potential new sponsors or sites
    – Schools offering snacks through the CACFP or National School Lunch Program (NSLP) looking to
    transition to offering meals
    – Summer Food Service Program sponsors looking to offer meals year-round through CACFP
  • Best practices and tools for implementation and outreach
  • Resources and No Kid Hungry Illinois after-school grant opportunities
Register now! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2928805772288417537 

Superintendent announces Rise & Shine Illinois Grant Opportunity

Weekly Message from Superintendent Christopher A. Koch features Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine Illinois Breakfast Grant Opportunity Available to Schools 

NUTRITION AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS

FEBRUARY 9, 2015  — “Rise & Shine Illinois is offering grants of up to $5,000 to help schools cover the costs of providing free breakfast to students in need.

Under the School Breakfast Program (SBP), federal reimbursements are available to all public schools for breakfasts served to low-income children yet only 45 percent of eligible students actually receive breakfast.

Participation is often low because breakfast is either served in isolation before the start of the school day or there is a stigma surrounding students needing free or reduced-price meals.

Rise & Shine Illinois works with schools to reduce these barriers to participation by implementing alternative breakfast models such as Breakfast in the Classroom and Grab N Go.

While the cost of food for the SBP is reimbursed, schools need equipment and supplies, such as insulated bags, point-of-service terminals, Grab N Go carts and trash cans to make this program work. Rise & Shine Illinois offers grants to cover these extra expenses.

Rise & Shine Illinois has awarded $200,000 total to schools throughout the state since 2013, helping to increase breakfast participation in some districts by more than 200 percent.

Grants for 2015 are available for up to $5,000 each. The next application deadline is Feb. 15. Contact schoolbreakfast@gcfd.org to apply.”

2015 Breakfast Grant Deadlines Announced

Rise & Shine Illinois 2015 grants are available for up to $5,000 each.  

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with the following deadlines: 

February 15 — April 15 — June 15 — August 15 — October 15

To be connected with a School Breakfast Coordinator and begin the application process, please click here or email schoolbreakfast@gcfd.org.  See grant details below:

Purpose:

Grants will support schools with the purchase of approved equipment, materials and initiatives facilitating alternative breakfast delivery models (such as Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab N Go, or Second Chance Breakfast) in an effort to increase child participation in universal School Breakfast.

Eligibility:

Applying schools must either be implementing or be prepared to implement an alternative breakfast delivery model. Successful models include collaboration of everyone in the school district; including the School Principal, Teachers, the Food Service Nutrition Director, and the Superintendent. All applications must have authorized approval by the School Principal and Food Service Nutrition Director. (more…)

Taylorville: A shining example of breakfast success

WCIA News 3 Springfield covers the success of Breakfast in the Classroom at Memorial Elementary in Taylorville, Il.  With the help of a Rise & Shine Illinois grant, Memorial was able to implement the model in Fall of 2014.

Teachers were initially leery of the program, fearful of messes in the classroom and rowdiness, but quite the opposite has taken place.  In addition to nearly doubling breakfast participation in this high-need school, Breakfast in the Classroom has helped teachers and students alike – filling students bellies and calming them down before lessons start while allowing teachers to get organized and start the day off quicker with a classroom full of attentive, satisfied students.

Local ad agency announces Rise & Shine campaign

Downtown Partners Chicago launches ad campaign to spotlight student hunger

By Lewis Lazare, Chicago Business Journal

NOVEMBER 20, 2014 — The holidays are one of the most important times of the year for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, which has as its goal ensuring that local residents do not have to experience the hardships of going hungry.

The Food Depository recently recruited Downtown Partners Chicago to create an ad campaign and a website that focus attention on one of the Depository’s newest programs to prevent hunger — Rise and Shine Illinois.

Launched earlier this fall, Rise and Shire aims to make free breakfasts widely available in schools for young children who may not be living in a household where they can get that important first meal of the day.

In announcing the new school breakfast program in September, Greater Chicago Food Depository CEO Kate Maehr said: “We believe school breakfast is a critical tool in addressing hunger. Making breakfast available gives children the nutrients and energy they need to thrive in an academic setting.” (more…)

No Kid Hungry “heard” at Illinois State Board budget hearing

Representing the No Kid Hungry campaign, Michelle Knight, from the St. Louis Area Food Bank,  encourages the state board to increase funding for school-based nutrition programs, including the expansion of school breakfast programs and alternative breakfast models.

Final ISBE budget hearing at the Thompson Center this Friday, 11/22 in Chicago.

Illinois State Board hears community input for education budget

November 17, 2014

— The students sporting navy blue jackets with the words Illinois FFA across the back were on a mission Monday afternoon to advocate for funding for agriculture education.

The high school students from Edwardsville, Mascoutah and Highland spoke to representatives of the Illinois State Board of Education during a public hearing for the fiscal year 2016 budget held at Granite City High School.

Ashlyn Gietl, president of the Highland FFA, said she’s greatly benefited from the agriculture education she’s received at Highland High School.

“If we had no agricultural program at my school, I would never have the passion for agriculture that I do now,” she said.

Kevin Eschmann, agriculture instructor at Mascoutah High, said the number of students interested in agriculture education has increased, and funding is a “vital component” of future success of the agriculture programs at area high schools.

He said agriculture classes offer students a “valuable education” as they incorporate several different components including technology, science and English.

Several community members and educators in attendance advocated for additional funding for early childhood education.

Bernadette Schrempp, an assistant state’s attorney in St. Clair County, said helping children develop “critical social and cognitive skills in the first five years of life not only helps them succeed in school, it cuts crime.”

Schrempp, on behalf of St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly, urged the state board to continue its commitment to the Early Childhood Block Grant.

Sherri O’Toole, a family coach with Children’s Home and Aid, also spoke in favor of more early childhood funding.

O’Toole said she’s seen firsthand how metro-east families and children, ages 0-3, benefit from early developmental screenings, which can often uncover learning challenges that might not have been discovered until the child started kindergarten.

Illinois State Board of Education member James Baumann, who served as moderator of Monday’s hearing, said early childhood education is important. “We know it makes a difference,” he said.

Tricia Blackard, a teacher at Collinsville Area Vocational Center, encouraged state board members to fund Career and Technology Education programs, which provide students skills area employers are seeking.

“Don’t forget how important CTE is to students, the surrounding community and employers,” she said.

Michelle Knight, an advocacy coordinator for St. Louis Area Food Bank, spoke on behalf of No Kid Hungry Illinois and the need to fund school-based nutrition programs.

“A well-nourished child is better prepared for the school day,” she said.

Knight encouraged the state board to expand the school breakfast program and implement some alternative breakfast models. Currently, she said only 44 percent of children eligible to get free breakfast at schools in Illinois are receiving it.

The purpose of the hearing Monday was to gather public input on what education needs should be a priority as the board prepares its fiscal year 2016 education budget recommendation for the governor and general assembly.

The board’s Finance and Audit Committee hosted four public hearing thus far including the one in Granite City. The fifth and final hearing will be Friday in Chicago.

The public hearing Monday also provided area residents an opportunity to voice their support or opposition to Senate Bill 16, which was introduced in April and aims to change the method of distribution of state funds to the state’s 857 school districts.

According to figures released earlier this year by ISBE, some metro-east school districts will benefit greatly from Senate Bill 16, if approved, while others will lose funding if the school funding formula is altered by the state legislature.

Jim Greenwald, superintendent of Granite City Community Unit School District 9, spoke in favor of the bill. He said it “better directs existing state money in a more equitable manner.”

District 9 has been forced to borrow more than $9 million over the past several years. If the inadequate level of funding continues from the state, Greenwald said the district will be forced to make “drastic cuts in the future.”

Like Greenwald, Victor Buehler, superintendent of Bunker Hill Community Unit District 8, said the proposed legislation would more equitably distribute funds to Illinois school districts.

Brad Skertich, superintendent of Southwestern Community Unit School District 9, also supports Senate Bill 16. “Proration has unfairly targeted proration-dependent districts,” he said.

Instead of funding the per student state aid at 100 percent, Illinois has prorated its general state aid to school districts since 2009.

Skertich said Senate Bill 16 provides a much-needed change to the school funding formula. “The inadequate funding cannot continue. It’s time for the state board to take a stand,” he said. “Our kids deserve better. This is an adult problem, and our kids are suffering.”

Testimony from the budget hearings regarding Senate Bill 16 will be shared with legislators and state board staff. Those who were unable to attend the public hearing are encouraged to email any guidance or feedback to ISBE at isbefy16@isbe.net.

Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/2014/11/17/3517024/kids-deserve-better-illinois-state.html#storylink=cpy

Breakfast Grant Application Deadline – December 15th, 2014

The December 15th, 2014 No Kid Hungry IL grant application deadline is approaching!  To be connected with a School Breakfast Coordinator and begin the application process, please click here or email schoolbreakfast@gcfd.org.  See grant details below:

Purpose:

Grants will support schools with the purchase of approved equipment, materials and initiatives facilitating alternative breakfast delivery models (such as Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab n’ Go, or Second Chance Breakfast) in an effort to increase child participation in universal School Breakfast.

Eligibility:

Applying schools must either be implementing or be prepared to implement an alternative breakfast delivery model. Successful models include collaboration of everyone in the school district; including the School Principal, Teachers, the Food Service Nutrition Director, and the Superintendent. All applications must have authorized approval by the School Principal and Food Service Nutrition Director.

Application Due Date:

We will accept applications on a rolling basis through quarterly deadlines: April 30, June 30, September 15, December 15. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received and will be given thoughtful consideration based on need and commitment to expanding participation in School Breakfast.

Requirements:

Grant funding must be used for equipment, supplies or materials associated with expanding the School Breakfast program, specifically the implementation of an alternative breakfast delivery model.

Allowable uses include (but are not limited to):

The purchase of equipment, such as insulated bags and Grab N Go carts; and the purchase of supplies, such as trash cans and bags or other items associated with operating the breakfast program.

Process:

Grants should be requested for the amount discussed with your community’s breakfast coordinator. All applicants must submit a complete application; incomplete applications will not be considered.

Grant applications will be evaluated based on:

  • Adherence to eligibility and requirements guidelines
  • Program sustainability beyond the grant funding period
  • Growth potential for breakfast participation

Additional grants are available to help start or expand your school’s breakfast program.