Community, Take Action!

Social service agencies, community health centers, emergency food providers, public libraries, and other local organizations are common places where families seek information about programs that benefit their children. The National School Breakfast Program is an excellent resource that helps families stretch their food budget and ensures that children start the school day with a healthy morning meal.

Action Step: Educate families with school-aged children about the benefits of the School Breakfast Program.

By educating clients, patients, and patrons about school breakfast, local service organizations can spread the word about this important program.

Strategies:

  • Case managers that promote other federal nutrition programs such as SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) and WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) can share information about the School Breakfast Program as well.
  • Service providers can help families complete a school meal application to determine their child’s eligibility for free and reduced-price school meals.
  • Physicians, nurses, and social workers at community health centers can speak to patients about the importance of eating breakfast for good health and provide outreach materials highlighting the School Breakfast Program.
  • Food pantry staff can put school breakfast brochures in food bags and direct clients to Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline (1-800-645-8333) for more information about federal nutrition programs.
  • Librarians can place a stack of school breakfast brochures on a designated information table.
  • All service providers can give school breakfast activity sheets to children while parents are receiving assistance.
Tools: SNAP tear off pads, School Breakfast Parent Brochures, Breakfast Coloring and Activity Pages