The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Food and Nutrition, in collaboration with Penn State University (Project PA) is announcing the availability of $600,000 to be awarded to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to do the following:
- Increase participation in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) through strategies such as implementation or expansion of the use of alternative breakfast program service methods (e.g., Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab ‘n Go Breakfast, Second Chance Breakfast, etc.), and
- Improve the nutritional quality of school breakfasts.
Funds for this project are provided through a USDA School Breakfast Expansion grant.
Grants announced: January 5, 2024
Informational webinar for qualifying schools: January 8, 2024
Grant applications due: February 5, 2024
Grant awards announced: February 21, 2024
Project timeframe: February 26, 2024 – December 31, 2024
Final Reports Due: January 31, 2025
Funding Amount and Eligibility:
USDA requires that schools eligible to receive funding are those that served at least 40% of National School Lunch Program (NSLP) lunches in October 2022 to students eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals. Priority will be given to schools in which at least 75% of students are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
The list of qualifying schools and priority schools can be viewed by selecting each of the two tabs in the downloadable Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. This Excel spreadsheet can beDownload by Clicking Here.
Separate applications are required for each school within a LEA applying for a grant. Award amounts will range from $5,000 - $10,000. No more than $10,000 will be awarded per LEA.
Funds may be used by schools to expand (i.e., increase participation in) an existing SBP or initiate a SBP. Schools must participate in the NSLP.
Research shows that participation in school breakfast improves students’ academic performance, reduces behavioral problems, improves children’s diets, and plays a critical role in addressing food insecurity. However, in school year 2021-2022 fewer than 50% of students who participated in school lunch in Pennsylvania participated in school breakfast. While school breakfast has traditionally been served in the cafeteria, research shows that alternative service methods such as Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab ‘n Go Breakfast, and Second Chance Breakfast make breakfast more convenient for students, reduce the stigma sometimes associated with participation, and result in higher levels of participation.
USDA has established nutrition guidelines for school meals that align with the latest nutrition science and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In order to meet these guidelines, efforts may be needed to reduce added sugars and sodium and increase the percentage of whole grain-rich items offered at breakfast.
Awarded schools will be required to do the following:
- Participate in a webinar about improving the nutritional quality of school meals.
- Complete an online registration to be approved to receive payments from Penn State University.
- Enter school breakfast menus into PrimeroEdge for nutritional analysis prior to project initiation and at the completion of the project.
- Implement the plan as described in the approved proposal.
- Participate in two check-in calls during the project timeframe to provide updates on project status and network with other grantees.
- Submit a final report describing the breakfast implementation method, steps taken to address improvements in nutritional quality of breakfast meals, lessons learned, challenges faced and how they were overcome, and plans for sustaining the breakfast program.
Awarded schools will receive $5,000 - $10,000 for the purposes of increasing SBP participation and improving the nutritional quality of school breakfast meals. Implementation or expansion of alternative breakfast service methods to increase school breakfast participation is strongly encouraged. Seventy percent of the approved budget amount will be provided upon initiation of the project with the remaining 30 percent being provided following completion of all project requirements.
Allowable expenses include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Equipment needed for alternative breakfast service methods (e.g., kiosks, mobile carts, insulated bags)
- Small kitchen equipment (e.g., smoothie-making equipment)
- Short-term labor costs (e.g., for events such as training sessions, kick-off/promotional events, and taste-testing of new breakfast items)
- Food for taste-testing
- Printing costs
- Promotional materials
- Training costs (e.g., culinary training to identify and learn how to prepare new breakfast items)
- Costs associated with educating students, teachers, and parents about the importance of school breakfast, the new breakfast model, and the nutritional quality of school breakfast.
Unallowable expenses include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Funds cannot be used for non-reimbursable breakfast food item expenses. For example, coffee/coffee drinks are not reimbursable breakfast items, therefore funds may not be requested for a coffee machine.
- Funds cannot be used for food that is part of the reimbursable School Breakfast Program meal.
This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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