This year’s Healthy Start Award Ceremony recognized over 90 schools from nearly 20 districts across the state with a $500 unrestricted grant award for sustaining 80%+ participation rates in their school breakfast programs. Springfield Public Schools received the 2016 Healthy Start Leadership Award and accompanying $10,000 grant for their commitment to expand universal free, after the bell, breakfast in the classroom (BIC) programming across all 60 district schools serving grades PreK-12. For a full list of Healthy Start Schools please click here.
The Eos Foundation has issued our fourth Request for Proposals (RFP) for grants to districts and charter public schools eager to make breakfast part of their school day by launching or expanding universal free, after the bell, breakfast in the classroom (BIC) programming. Collectively, Massachusetts schools are leaving over $25 million in federal USDA funds on the table due to low school breakfast participation. BIC is proven to draw down those funds by reaching 80%+ participation rates, ensuring that students receive the essential nutrients to fill their bellies and fuel their minds for morning learning time. Districts such as Brockton and Springfield are rolling out the program district-wide, and benefiting from lower absentee and tardy rates, fewer morning nurses visits and behavioral problems, higher achievement, and millions of dollars in increased federal reimbursements for their school food and nutrition budgets.
For school year 2016-2017, single-year grant awards up to $12,500 will be made to eligible schools; school districts interested to rollout BIC in multiple schools have the opportunity to apply for larger multi-year grants.
To access this grant application please see: Nourishing Kids Initiative, Breakfast in the Classroom Grant