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Menu Planning & Meal Pattern Resources

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 authorizes funding for federal school meal and child nutrition programs and increases access to healthy food for low-income children. The bill that reauthorizes these programs is often referred to by shorthand as the child nutrition reauthorization bill. This particular bill reauthorizes child nutrition programs for five years and includes $4.5 billion in new funding for these programs over 10 years. Many of the programs featured in the Act do not have a specific expiration date, but Congress is periodically required to review and reauthorize funding. This reauthorization presents an important opportunity to strengthen programs to address more effectively the needs of our nation’s children and young adults.

The latest updates on the meal pattern and nutrition standards will be available on the USDA FNS website.

Visit the SNP training page to view available trainings on this topic for SNP Sponsors.

National School Lunch Program

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in more than 101,000 public and nonprofit private schools and residential child-care institutions.

School Breakfast Program

The School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a federally assisted meal program operating schools and institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts to children each school day.

Breakfast After the Bell

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.

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: Only schools operating the School Breakfast Program with students on campus are required to offer Breakfast After the Bell. The extension of waivers to operate Summer Meal Programs and provide meals in a non-congregate setting during School Year 2021 remove the need for serving Breakfast After the Bell in the School Breakfast Program.

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. See OAR 581-051-0600 for more information.

Is there an exemption from the Breakfast after the Bell requirement?

Yes, there is. A school site that meets the BatB requirement, but 70% or more of its eligible students regularly receive breakfast at that school, qualifies for the exemption. ODE CNP has this data.

Breakfast after the Bell Site List - This list shows which sites are required to provide Breakfast after the Bell and which sites are eligible for the exemption from that requirement.


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