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School Breakfast

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  But less than 40% of eligible students in Illinois start off their day with a nutritious school breakfast.  Children who eat a nutritious breakfast tend to perform better in school, have a better attendance record, and exhibit fewer behavior problems. So get your school involved in the Breakfast Challenge!

Illinois Breakfast Challenge 2012-2013
The Illinois State Board of Education, the Midwest Dairy Council, and the Illinois No Kid Hungry Campaign are proud to sponsor the 2012-2013 Illinois School Breakfast Challenge.

Challenge Details:
All Illinois schools participating in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) are eligible and are automatically entered to participate in the Illinois Breakfast Challenge. Winners will be announced in April of 2014.

Participation increase will be calculated by comparing the School Breakfast Program average daily participation rate for the 2012-2013 school year with the 2013-2014 school year. Schools must have a minimum ADP of 10 and an increase of at least 20% to qualify. There will be four tiers for the Challenge with each tier awarding three prizes: $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000.

Tier One:
Enrollment 200 or less
1st place $5,000
2nd place $3,000
3rd place $1,000

Tier Two:
Enrollment 201 - 350
1st place $5,000
2nd place $3,000
3rd place $1,000

Tier Three:
Enrollment 351 - 550
1st place $5,000
2nd place $3,000
3rd place $1,000

Tier Four:
Enrollment 551 or greater
1st place $5,000
2nd place $3,000
3rd place $1,000

Check out the 2012 School Breakfast Challenge Award Winners here.

Learn More

These resources can give you good ideas for raising awareness about the benefits of school breakfast and provide tactics for increasing participation in school breakfast in your school community.

Materials from the Breakfast Summits

School Breakfast Basics Presentation

School Breakfast Expansion Guide

Community Eligibility Option Presentation

Marketing and PR Presentation

Flyers for your school community

Learn more about:

Breakfast in the Classroom

Grab N Go Breakfast

The Community Eligibility Option