Research shows that school breakfast is good for students, classrooms, and communities. Making breakfast a part of the school day increases access to breakfast so more hungry students get fed.
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.
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 2023-24 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.
Because of the Student Success Act, there is grant funding available to support Breakfast After the Bell Implementation. 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 to include the BATB Equipment Grant. Please see the BAtB Equipment Grant section below.
Breakfast After the Bell Survey
Responses to the Breakfast After the Bell survey were received during School Year 2023. The purpose of the survey was to help ODE see how the programs were doing while operating Breakfast After the Bell; provide space to share success stories and ideas; and provide any suggestion or question about the program and its implementation.
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.
The Breakfast After the Bell Equipment Grant is a non-competitive grant. For School Year 2023-2024, the award of $3158.00 is used for the purpose of reimbursing recipients to purchase new equipment or repair, renovate or upgrade equipment require to serve students breakfast after the bell. OAR 581-051-0605
The 2023 -2024 equipment grant only applies to sponsors/sites operating the Breakfast After the Bell and is one of the
sites required to operate Breakfast After the Bell from the 2023-2024 Breakfast After the Bell Required Site List. The students need to be on campus for in-person learning for the Breakfast After the Bell implementation and grant to be applicable. The 2023-2024 BAtB Equipment Grant Agreements will be emailed to sponsors for signature in Fall 2023.
Equipment Grant Process
Equipment Grant Resources