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After the Bell (ATB), Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC)

To combat childhood hunger, and improve student learning Eos is committed to fund ATB BIC 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. It doesn’t have to be this way.

ATB BIC is proven to significantly boost breakfast participation rates to 80%+, drawing down USDA reimbursements that sustain the program beyond grants from private funders like Eos. More importantly, ATB BIC ensures that children have 100% access to a nutritious breakfast each school day. Benefits of the program include: 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:

Click here for a list of schools that have received BIC launch funding to date.

2017 BIC Launch Grant Opportunity

Eos will provide single-year 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 BIC programming. This grant cycle is intended for school communities that want to launch ATB BIC at the beginning of school year 2017/2018. To access this year’s grant materials please click: 2017 ATB BIC Grant Materials. If you’re interested to launch an ATB BIC program on a different timeline, call our office to discuss possible options.

RFP Dates and Deadlines

February 14, 2017 RFP released
April 13, 2017 5:00 pm Proposals due
April 3 – May 5, 2017 Interviews with finalists
Week of May 8, 2017 Grant recipients notified