School Breakfast Challenge Open
Low-income Minnesota children miss 29 million school breakfasts annually. Low utilization of free and reduced-price meals from the Minnesota School Breakfast Program is widespread across school districts. Overall usage is only 40%. Two recent research studies, by Deloitte/No Kid Hungry and the National Dairy Council, demonstrate that children who start their day with a nutritious school breakfast have better attendance records, higher math test scores, and improved graduation rates. Surveys of school teachers by No Kid Hungry also overwhelmingly show that school breakfast works to keep kids focused, behaved, and learning. The School Breakfast Challenge is part of Hunger Impact Partner’s Hunger-Free KIDS fund.
School Breakfast Challenge provides funding to schools and school districts to increase their school breakfast meals served to children eligible for free and reduced-price meals.
Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 will be awarded to launch, and/or expand school breakfast participation through existing delivery systems or by utilizing new successful models that make it easier for children to access school breakfast. These alternative models include Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab n’ Go, and 2nd Chance Breakfast.
Grants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Opportunities for testing alternative serving models
- Size of F/R eligible population
- Capacity for expansion
- Desire to promote school breakfast within student population
- Leadership support of school and school district administrators
- Child Nutrition Index Data
Questions regarding the RFP should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.