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.

Past grant recipients have been CEP districts and schools or those with a 60% or greater free- and reduced-price meal (FARM) eligible student populations who can sustainably fund this program after launch. Eos focuses our outreach for the grant on this demographic but will consider grants for schools with lower FARM rates if they can demonstrate a sustainable plan to fund their BIC program.

Year One – School districts were invited to apply. After a competitive process, Eos selected four districts with which to partner in school year 2013-2014 (SY13-14): Brockton, Revere, Salem, and Worcester.

Year Two – School districts as well as individual schools were invited to apply; the majority of applications came directly from School Principals. In SY14-15, Eos funded eight schools from seven new districts: Chicopee, Holyoke Community Charter School, Lawrence, Malden, Somerville, Taunton, and Webster. Of note: Brockton, Revere, Salem, and Worcester continued their BIC programs, and in some cases expanded BIC programming.

Year Three – School districts and individual schools were again invited to apply for the SY15-16 grant cycle. This year Eos is funding eleven new schools in eight new districts: Barnstable, Cambridge, Fall River, Greenfield, New Bedford, Pittsfield, Springfield and Weymouth while continuing to support four veteran school districts at twelve new schools in Brockton, Chicopee, Lawrence, Taunton and Webster.

School Year 2016-2017 RFP Application 

The Eos Foundation has issued our fourth Request for Proposals (RFP) for grants to district 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 rollout the program after returning from a natural break in the school year. This grant cycle is specifically designed for school communities that want the spring to plan and then rollout BIC at the start of SY16-17.

To access this year’s RFP please click: SY16-17 NKI RFP Materials_Final

Intent to Apply:
Eos requests that you submit your intent to apply to this RFP by February 4, 2016 by sending an email to rfp@eosfoundation.org.  The email should include your name and school or district name.  This will help us plan our RFP review process accordingly.

RFP Dates and Deadlines

January 13, 2016 RFP released
February 4, 2016 5:00 pm Intent to apply email to Eos to indicate interest in applying for grant
March 10, 2016 5:00 pm Proposals due
March 21 – May 17, 2016 Interviews with finalists
May 20, 2016 Grant recipients notified