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Rise & Shine Illinois in partnership with No Kid Hungry provided grants to help organizations expand access to and participation in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) supported and Illinois State Board of Education administered Summer Meals Program.

The following Sponsors were awarded mini-grants up to $5,000 to help with equipment, transportation, and other non-food program expenses:

Archdiocese of Chicago
Boys & Girls Club of Elgin
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
Clay County Health Department, Flora
Douglas County Health Department, Tuscola
First Free Will Baptist Church, Johnston City
High Jump, Chicago
Lincoln Elementary School District 27, Lincoln
New Bethel M. B. Church, East Saint Louis
River Bend Foodbank, Davenport

The following Sponsors were awarded capacity building grants up to $10,000 to expand and enhance their program:

Chicago PSD-Network OII, Chicago
Harrisburg Community Unit School District 3, Harrisburg
Northern Illinois Food Bank, Geneva


Congratulations to the 2018 Spring Breakfast Grant Recipients

Rise & Shine Illinois School Breakfast Grants brought to you by No Kid Hungry supports schools implementing or preparing to implement a Breakfast After the Bell delivery model (Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab ‘N’ Go, or Second Chance Breakfast) with the purchase of approved equipment, supplies, or materials to facilitate increased student participation in school breakfast.

Abbott Middle School, Elgin
Beach Park Middle School, Beach Park
Bloomington High School, Bloomington
Bond Elementary School, Assumption
Costello School, Lyons
Danville High School, Danville
Edison Elementary School, Lyons
George Washington Middle School, Lyons
Gregory Intermediate School, Moweaqua
Home Elementary School, Lyons
Irving Elementary School, Bloomington
J W Robinson School, Lyons
Lincoln Elementary School, Lyons
Main Street School, Shelbyville
Petersburg Elementary School, Petersburg
Rantoul Township High School, Rantoul
Shelbyville Kindergarten Center, Shelbyville
Taylorville Junior High School, Taylorville
Thornton Fractional South High School, Lansing
Triad High School, Troy
Triad Middle School, Troy
West Elementary School, Zion

Building Healthy Students In Your School

Join Rise & Shine Illinois and Action for Healthy Kids Tuesday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. at the Regional Office of Education in Loves Park for a health and wellness training that will include a discussion on Breakfast After the Bell and Game On. 

Breakfast After the Bell: Starting in the 2017-2018 school year, Illinois schools with 70% or more of the student population eligible for free or reduced–price meals will begin offering Breakfast After the Bell – which means serving breakfast as part of the school day. Breakfast as part of the school day increases access to the nutrition all students require each morning to learn and succeed in the classroom.

Game On: Creates healthier environments for students, staff, and the communities they serve.

The training offers information on:

  • Increasing your school’s breakfast participation through Breakfast After the Bell delivery models and the benefits of school breakfastHeal;thy
  • Working collaboratively to improve school policy and practices related to students eating better and engaging in more physical activity
  • Financial support and resources for your school

The training is free. Superintendents, principals, teachers, administration staff, food service professionals, and community members are encouraged to attend. Participants will receive 3 Professional Development Credits (PDCs).

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Location: Regional Office of Education, 300 Heart Blvd., Loves Park, IL 61111

Click here to register. Please refer all questions to Maggie O’Connor at 773-843-778 or email


Celebrate Every Kid Healthy Week

Rise & Shine Illinois is partnering with Action for Healthy Kids to celebrate the sixth annual Every Kid Healthy Week, a national health observance that shines a light on the great efforts schools are making to improve the health of their students. Every Kid Healthy Week recognizes wellness achievements in school communities. Visit Action for Healthy Kids for resources and a toolkit to engage staff, students, parents and community members in a celebration of school wellness.

5 Things You Can Do:

  1. Highlight your school breakfast program – promote a new breakfast item, revamp your menu, and/or hold a taste test of potential new breakfast items.
  2. Host a family fitness night – an event that involves physical activity and healthy eating can help you share positive messages beyond the classroom by engaging and educating parents and motivating students to practice healthy behaviors at home.
  3. Organize a Health and Wellness Fair – an opportunity to engage students, parents, and the entire community in healthier eating and physical activity.
  4. Gather the community for a Fun Run – Runs, walks, and races are a great way to get students outside and moving. They also teach the value of competition, sportsmanship and can encourage teamwork to achieve a common goal.
  5. Apply for one of Action for Healthy Kids school grants: Visit Action for Healthy Kids to learn more about School Breakfast, Game On, and Parents for Healthy Kids grants. Applications are due Friday, April 6.

5 Things For NSBW 2018

5 Things You Can Do During NSBW to Bring Awareness


  1. Change your profile picture to the above to support school breakfast week.

2. E-mail Communications Associate Manager, Rudi Hancock at with a few sentences and a couple of pictures of what’s going on in your school    during this week. We will shout out your school’s breakfast week activities with posts on Rise & Shine Facebook and Twitter Pages.

3. Copy and paste the following message on Facebook:


 4. Encourage one colleague or friend to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter at

 5. Apply for our school breakfast grant. If you have already received a grant from us and are seeking additional funds e-mail Sr. Manager of Child Nutrition Policy, Nital Patel at

Summer Meals Grant Application

The Summer Meals Program grant cycle has opened! Grants will help organizations expand access to and participation in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) supported summer meal programs. To learn more about the Summer Food Service Program visit the USDA’s website.

  • Mini-grants up to $5,000 are to be used for equipment, personnel, transportation, and other non-food program expenses. New and returning sponsors are eligible to apply for this grant. Mini-Grant Application Deadline is April 13, 2018. 

For more information and to apply for a grant, visit Summer Meals Grant.

At-Risk After-School Meals Summit —-CANCELED

The CACFP At-Risk After-School Meals Summit that was scheduled to take place on Monday April 2, 2018 has been CANCELED.  We will reschedule this event for the Fall and look forward to your participation. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and want to extend assistance and support to sponsors or partners that may need additional help regarding the At-Risk After-School Meals Program.  Please feel free to reach out to us with questions.


Rise & Shine Illinois

Wheeling Serves Up Breakfast After the Bell

Breakfast After the Bell has facilitated a 200 percent increase in breakfast participation at 4 Wheeling Township District 21 schools. U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and district officials gathered at Mark Twain Elementary School Thursday, January 25th to the celebrate the district successful implementation of Breakfast After the Bell. Breakfast After the Bell stems from a state law where schools with 70 percent or more of the student population eligible for free or reduced-price meals offer breakfast after the instructional day has begun.

Schneider said children receiving free breakfast no longer are eating early in one location where everyone can see them, “kids pay attention to these things and use labels to describe programs and others who participate in these programs. There should be no stigma associated with getting your day off to a good start.”

The full story can be viewed here

Breakfast After the Bell: Recipe For Success

2017 Rise & Shine Illinois Breakfast After the Bell Grant Recipient, DeLand-Weldon School District was featured on WCIA for its Breakfast in the Classroom program. Teachers are finding that after implementing Breakfast After the Bell students are calmer and more focused in class than when breakfast was offered before school started. The District sees Breakfast After the Bell as the right way for students to start their day.

Visit for the story.

2018 Illinois Breakfast Summits

Join Rise & Shine Illinois and the Cook County Intermediate Service Centers, for Breakfast After the Bell Summits. School stakeholders (superintendents, principals, food service professionals, business managers) are invited to attend one of the three sessions.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Network with the USDA Mid-West Regional Office, Illinois State Board of Education, and No Kid Hungry Team
  • Receive expert advice around the challenges for implementing Break-fast After the Bell Programs
  • Engage with your peers who have implemented successful Breakfast After the Bell Models
  • Learn more about financial support and other resources for your School Breakfast Programs

*Attendees will have a chance to win a $200 Amazon gift card for your school nutrition program!*

To register for the Breakfast After the Bell Summit click on the link of the location near you:

January 22, 2018                         January 23, 2018                       January 26, 2018

9:00 – 11:00 AM                          9:00 – 11:00 AM                          9:00 – 11:00 AM

4413 W. Roosevelt Road            253 West Orr Road                       2340 South River Road

Suite 104                                   Chicago Heights, IL 60411            Suite 201

Hillside, IL 60162                                                                            Des Plaines, IL 60018




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