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Project PA partners with schools and their communities to provide sound nutrition education and  promote children's healthy eating behaviors. School breakfast is an integral component in the process of achieving these goals. Thus, Project PA offers the resources listed on this page to help schools establish and maintain successful breakfast programs.

List of resources last updated: January 24, 2018

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USDA Healthy Meals Resource System — School Breakfast Program Resources

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USDA Healthy Meals Resource System — School Breakfast Program Resources

This USDA website contains information about the School Breakfast Program, learn how to assess your program, ways to increase participation, and more

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USDA Food and Nutrition Service — School Breakfast Program

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USDA Food and Nutrition Service School Breakfast Program

Includes guidance materials, program history, regulations, menu planning information, income eligibility guidelines, and more.

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USDA — Discover School Breakfast Tool Kit

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USDA  Discover School Breakfast Tool Kit

This on line kit can help you start or increase participation in a school breakfast program, determine the type of meal service most suited to your needs, and develop a marketing plan. The kit includes parent and student surveys, worksheets to calculate revenue and costs, descriptions of various meal service options, problem solving and marketing ideas, resources, and evaluation.

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School Breakfast Week – School Nutrition Association

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School Breakfast Week – School Nutrition Association

Flyer, toolkit, activity suggestions and fact sheet promotional tools designed to increase participation in the School Breakfast Program, and to communicate all the advantages of a morning meal.

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School Breakfast Program Cost/Benefit Analysis: Achieving a profitable SBP

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School Breakfast Program Cost/Benefit Analysis: Achieving a profitable SBP

This Wisconsin report documents a study that examined five questions:
1. What are the benefits of school breakfast programs (SBPs)?,
2 Do SBPs make money?,
3. What are the start-up costs?,
4. How can a SBP become profitable, and
5. How should a district evaluate an SBP?

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School Breakfast Program – University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension

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School Breakfast Program – University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension

A partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension and the Department of Public Instruction-School Nutrition Team. Here you will find information and resources about Wisconsin School Breakfast Programs.

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Institute of Child Nutrition

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Institute of Child Nutrition

The Institute of Child Nutrition provides a variety of information on school breakfast, including marketing breakfast, issues influencing participation, menu ideas, and serving meals to children with special needs.

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American Dairy Association North East

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American Dairy Association North East

The American Dairy Association North East provides portable cooling equipment to help start up alternative breakfast service (Grab and Go, Breakfast in the Classroom, Breakfast After First Period). They can also provide a brochure “Got Breakfast, Get Brain Power,” that promotes school breakfast to parents.

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Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

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Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

FRAC’s “Breakfast for Learning” Fact Sheet summarizes research linking breakfast consumption with improved academic performance, behavior, nutrient intake and Body Mass Index. The “School Breakfast” Fact Sheet includes information on benefits of breakfast, program eligibility, reimbursement and funding. FRAC also provides other breakfast information, including School Breakfast Scorecard and information about universal school breakfast.

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Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

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Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Contains ideas for hot and cold breakfasts suitable for grab and go and breakfast in the classroom. Most of the suggestions came from actual menus in Wisconsin.

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Project PA: Teleconference IV (on DVD): Increasing School Meals Participation: Creative Strategies That Work 2004

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Project PA: Teleconference IV (on DVD): Increasing School Meals Participation: Creative Strategies That Work 2004

This DVD takes you on a tour of different schools throughout the Commonwealth so you can see and hear about innovative ways to offer breakfast, increase participation and overcome obstacles. The DVD includes Grab and Go Breakfast, Breakfast in the Classroom, and Breakfast After 1st Period.

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Project PA Breakfast Brigade

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Project PA Breakfast Brigade

Pennsylvania Food Service Directors can provide free on-site technical assistance for Pennsylvania schools that want to start a breakfast program or increase participation in an existing program. To arrange for technical assistance, use the website link below and find a Breakfast Brigade Member near you to contact. Additional questions can be directed to Elaine McDonnell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or (814) 865-5869.

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Creative School Breakfast Strategies

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Creative School Breakfast Strategies

Project PA created these video clips for Teleconference 4, highlighting "creative strategies" used by Pennsylvania school foodservice directors to improve school meals participation.

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