Eos provides technical assistance and one-time grant awards up to $10,000 to eligible Massachusetts schools/districts and charter public schools eager to make breakfast part of their school day by launching or expanding ATB programming. Districts can request district-wide grants.
Schools we fund are asked to set a goal for 80% breakfast participation via their ATB delivery model for two reasons: (1) to meet the nutritional needs of children from low-income households, and (2) to support nutrition department operations and its bottom line.
We understand that each school building is unique in its lay-out and culture. Our funds can be used for equipment and operational costs as well as incentives to help the school culture embrace ATB breakfast programming. Our technical assistance consultants include superintendents and nutrition directors who have experience implementing successful, high-participation ATB programs, as well as others who have worked closely with districts on change management. Our goal is to offer a menu of supports from which to choose, and provide districts what they need, when they need it.
Grant Application Dates and Deadlines
We accept applications on a rolling-basis throughout the year. To start the application process, complete this simple form and someone from the Eos team will reach out to you within 72 hours to schedule a conversation.
You are also welcome to call us with questions anytime: Andrea at 508-221-8130 or Christy 617-959-1689.
We look forward to hearing from you.
More about the After the Bell (ATB) Program
To combat childhood hunger and improve student learning, Eos is committed to fund ATB programming in high-poverty schools and districts across Massachusetts.
In our Commonwealth’s high-poverty communities, school breakfast participation averages ~40%. As a result of this low participation, over 150,000 children are missing out on school breakfast each school day, and our state is leaving over $30 million in USDA school breakfast reimbursements on the table each year.
ATB Breakfast is proven to increase access to and participation in school breakfast. Benefits of the program include: lower absentee and tardy rates, fewer morning nurses visits and behavioral problems, and higher academic achievement. The majority of Massachusetts schools operating high participation and financially lucrative ATB programs choose ATB Delivery to the Classroom (D2C). The Chicopee ATB Grab & Go to the Classroom and Salem ATB Grab & Go with Second Chance to the Classroom also show promise. These delivery models maintain 80%+ participation rates, and draw down significant USDA reimbursements that sustain the program beyond grants from private funders like Eos.
Since 2013, when Eos began this grant program, over 30,000 more high-need students are participating in breakfast each school day. Click here for a list of schools that have received ATB launch funding to date.