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Nourishing Kids Initiative

First Focus: Breakfast in the Classroom

In 2013, with a commitment to making a material and sustainable difference in food security, Eos began a multi-year funding initiative to combat childhood hunger by increasing children’s access to, and consumption of, nutritious food where they live, learn, and play.

Our first focus is to fund the start-up costs of universal free, after the bell, breakfast in the classroom (BIC) programming for grades PK-12 in low-income school communities, and to leverage over $25 million in federal USDA funds left on the table due to low school breakfast participation. BIC is proven to draw down those funds by reaching 80%+ participation rates, and once tapped these USDA reimbursements will sustain the BIC program beyond grants from private funders like Eos. In addition to fighting hunger and leveraging federal funds, BIC has numerous benefits including lower absentee and tardy rates, fewer morning nurses visits and behavioral problems, and higher academic achievement. Here’s what school leaders across the state are saying:

This grant helps low-income school districts leverage USDA dollars through children who qualify for free and reduced priced meal reimbursements (FARM). Past participants have found that districts and schools with a FARM rate of 60%+/CEP rate of 37.5%+ can sustainably fund this program after launch. Eos focuses our outreach for the grant on this demographic but is open to consider funding schools with lower FARM rates if they can demonstrate a sustainable plan to fund the meals. Click here for a list of schools that have received BIC launch funding to date.

2016 Fall BIC Launch Grant Opportunity

The Eos Foundation is now accepting grant applications from Massachusetts public schools/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.

Eos will provide single-year grant awards up to $12,500 to eligible schools; school districts will have the opportunity to apply for larger multi-year grants to expand to multiple schools via Invitation only. After several years of supporting the launch of BIC in schools, Eos understands that school leaders prefer to roll out the program after returning from a natural break in the school year. This grant cycle is specifically designed for school communities that want the fall to plan for a BIC rollout in or after January 2017 of SY16-17. To access this year’s RFP please click: 2016 Fall NKI RFP Materials

RFP Dates and Deadlines

September 14, 2016 RFP released
October 11, 2016 5:00 pm Proposals due
October 17 – November 4, 2016 Interviews with finalists
November 7, 2016 Grant recipients notified