Students do better when they start the day with a nutritious breakfast. Making breakfast a seamless part of the day with Breakfast After the Bell models  can also have a huge impact on classrooms and schools.

Every time we feed a student school breakfast, we’re supporting their ability to achieve their future goals.


From toolkits to one-pagers and marketing materials to webinars we’ve got the resources needed to make sure all students have access to the fuel they need to learn.

Download the Breakfast After the Bell Implementation Toolkit to learn how you can start or expand a Breakfast After the Bell Program in your school!

Download the Powered By Breakfast Communications Toolkit to learn how to spread the word and raise awareness around Breakfast After the Bell.

Strong participation in school breakfast can lead to stronger academic outcomes, fewer behavioral issues among students, and improved school health. Learn more about how Breakfast After the Bell can help your school be the best it can be.

From food service staff to superintendents, successful school breakfast programs rely on support from all levels.  Learn more about the role treasurers, superintendents, and other school administrators play in school breakfast.

Making breakfast a seamless part of the day with Breakfast After the Bell models can have a huge positive impact on classrooms and schools. Learn more about how breakfast can impact your classroom and pick up the tips and tricks that will help make breakfast in your classroom a breeze.

A school’s food service team is the backbone of a strong school breakfast program—learn more about how to roll out a successful Breakfast After the Bell program and increase participation, all while strengthening your bottom line.


Rise & Shine Illinois is pleased to offer School Breakfast Grants in partnership with Share Our Strength and the No Kid Hungry campaign. The Rise & Shine Illinois School Breakfast Grants will support schools with the purchase of approved equipment, supplies, or materials and initiatives facilitating Breakfast After the Bell delivery models (Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab ‘N’ Go, or Second Chance Breakfast) in an effort to increase student participation in school breakfast. Individuals may request a maximum of $5,000 per individual schools. Visit for more information.

Additional support for school breakfast programs can be found at:

  • Illinois State Board of Education provides grants, in partnership with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), to school districts/sponsors participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) with assistance purchasing equipment to serve healthier meals, improve food safety, and expand access. Visit for more information.

  • Action for Healthy Kids provides grants to increase school breakfast participation by implementing alternative breakfast models like Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab ‘N’ Go or other innovative models. Visit for more information.

  • Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to encourage today’s youth to lead healthier lives. Funding up to $4,000 per year is available to eligible K-12 schools to jump start healthy changes. Visit for more information.

Spotlight on Success

“Teachers have seen that Breakfast After the Bell is not impacting instructional time. The 10-15 minutes students are eating, teachers take attendance and do their routine morning activities.”

– Jan Wolff, Cicero School District 99 Food Service Director


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“Having Grab ‘N’ Go set up in the hallway helps us reach more students. Instead of having students come to us to get breakfast in the cafeteria we have brought breakfast to them.”

Voula Xiftperis, Curie High School Dining Manager


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“Discipline referrals and visits to the nurse by students complaining of stomachaches because they are hungry and need a morning snack have decreased.”

Principal Mike Smith, Nancy Hill Elementary School, West Aurora School District 129


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“Breakfast After the Bell in the classroom captures all students, making it more welcoming for those who want to partake with their peers. They are eating breakfast with their classmates and are not singled out anymore because they are all eating together.”

Regina Johnson, Business Manager, Berwyn North School District 98


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“We would not have transitioned to Breakfast After the Bell if it wasn’t for the state law, but it was the best thing we could have done. It was something that was needed that we were not aware of.”

Dan Oberg, Director of Business Services for Wheeling CCSD 21


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“We are doing the smart thing here making sure all of our kids are on the right track when they start their day.”

– Superintendent Matthew Brue, Porta CUSD 202


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Help us spread the word about school breakfast by sharing news about grant opportunities, updated resources, and recent successes with decision-makers in your community.


Do you want to become a breakfast leader in Illinois? School Breakfast Champions help us strengthen breakfast programs across the state by sharing best practices, lessons learned, and success stories.


Send us your breakfast success stories, ask us your most challenging questions, or drop us a line – we’d love to hear from you!


Check out the breakfast resources to see how you can kick-start a breakfast program in your school or district and learn how you can engage school decision-makers.

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