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School Breakfast Program - Rise & Shine Illinois

The National School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a federally funded program that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts to children each school day. It is administered at the federal level by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and at the state level by the Illinois State Board of Education.  

In Illinois in 2013, 450,000, or 46% of students that were eligible to receive free or reduced price meals actually received breakfast, placing Illinois at #36 in the country for SBP participation. While the program is underutilized, schools, districts, education groups, and others across the state are supporting efforts to increase access to school breakfast programs.  

RISE & SHINE ILLINOIS is a partnership of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Illinois campaign and several Illinois hunger-relief organizations, working to provide financial and technical assistance to schools in order to increase participation in the National School Breakfast Program through alternative breakfast models:
  • Breakfast in the Classroom:  Students eat breakfast in their classroom during the first few minutes of the day when activities are occurring, such as taking attendance, turning in homework or during morning announcements.  Breakfast in the Classroom is one of the most effective ways to reduce stigma and ensure that all children have access to breakfast.
  • Grab N Go:  Students pick up conveniently packaged breakfasts from mobile service carts in high traffic areas such as hallways, entryways or cafeterias when they arrive at school or between classes.  Grab N Go is popular among middle and high schools. 
  • Second Chance Breakfast:  Students eat breakfast later in the morning, often after first period or during a recess between breakfast and lunch.

Whether you are a teacher, parent, school administrator or community member, reach out to us and we'll help you get started implementing a breakfast program in your school today!