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Breakfast After the Bell

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but too many hungry students miss a morning meal. Schools that offer a Breakfast After the Bell (BAtB) program by implementing models such as Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC), Grab and Go to the Classroom, and Second Chance Breakfast, are able to increase access to school breakfast and provide more kids with the healthy food they need to learn and grow.

The Student Success Act was adopted during the 2019 legislative session and its passage represented a real commitment by Oregon's leaders to our children, our educators, our schools, and our state. This included the expansion of school breakfast programs through the Breakfast after the Bell (BAtB) requirement.

PLEASE NOTE: The Student Success Act provides equipment grant funding for those sponsors operating the National School Lunch Program/School Breakfast Program who are required to implement Breakfast After the Bell.  Please see Breakfast After the Bell Equipment Grant below.

What is the Breakfast After the Bell Requirement?

The Student Success Act included a requirement that school districts, public charter schools, and education service districts must, beginning in School Year 2020-21, make breakfast accessible at a school site if 70% or more of the students at that school site, from a previous year, were “eligible students". “Eligible students" are those students who are eligible for free or reduced price meals under the U.S. Department of Agriculture's guidelines.  

SY 2022-23 Breakfast After the Bell Required Site List  shows which sites are required to provide Breakfast After the Bell and which sites are eligible for the exemption from that requirement. School Districts must notify the state agency of their intent to request an exemption during the renewal process. 

Here is some important information regarding BAtB:
  • Students must be on campus for in-person learning and have access to breakfast at no cost after the beginning of the school day as required under ORS 327.535.
  • Time spent by students consuming breakfast can be considered instructional time when students consume breakfast.  No more than 15 minutes may be considered instrucitonal time when students are consuming breakfast.  (ORS 327.535)
  • Schools are not required to make breakfast accessible to a student after the beginning of the school day if the student does not arrive at the school site at least 30  minutes before the start of the school site's lunch service.  (OAR 581-051-0600)

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​Time spent by students consuming breakfast can be considered instructional time when students consume breakfast in the classroom and instruction is being provided while students are consuming breakfast.  No more than 15 minutes may be considered instructional time when students are consuming breakfast.  (ORS 327.535)


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The Breakfast after the Bell Equipment Grant is a noncompetitive grant award of $3,574.47 used for the purpose of reimbursing recipient to purchase new equipment or repair, renovate or upgrade equipment require to serve students breakfast after the bell.   The equipment grant only applies to sponsors/sites operating the NSLP School Breakfast Program and is one of the sites required to operate breakfast After the bell.   The students need to be on campus for in-person learning for the Breakfast after the Bell implementation and grant to be applicable.

Equipment Grant Process

Recipient will: Equipment Grant Resources

For additional information or questions, contact the Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs by email:  ODE School Nutrition or Phone:  503-947-5894