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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.
Children receive breakfasts before classes start in hallways or other high-traffic areas. Grab n’ Go is popular among middle schools and high schools.
Breakfast is offered in the classroom during the first few minutes of the day when activities are occurring such as taking attendance, children turning in homework, or morning announcements. Breakfast in the Classroom is one of the most effective ways to ensure that all children have access to breakfast.
Children receive breakfast later in the morning, during recess or a snack/brunch Break.
While the food for the School Breakfast Program is free, there are still costs associated with delivering that food to children. Schools need equipment and supplies like insulated bags, Grab N Go carts and trash cans to make this program work. Luckily, Rise & Shine Illinois offers grants to cover these extra costs. Learn more>>