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School Breakfast Program

We educate school officials in Illinois on ways to feed children by improving school breakfast programs.

Studies show that eating breakfast can lead to improved attendance, test scores and reading proficiency, and decreases in tardiness, classroom disruptions and behavior requiring disciplinary action.

Creating the habit of eating breakfast at a young age can also lead to reduced risks of obesity, heart problems and other health consequences later in life.

Unfortunately, less than 40% of eligible students in Illinois start their day with a nutritious school breakfast.


Our goal is to maximize student participation in school breakfast by making it more accessible.

Alternative breakfast models include:

  • Breakfast in the Classroom
  • Grab n’ Go Breakfast
  • Second Chance Breakfast

Through a grant from No Kid Hungry, the Foodbank hired a School Breakfast Coordinator in Illinois. Our coordinator identifies school districts with high rates of students who are eligible for free or reduced school meals and helps them apply for grant funding to expand their breakfast programs.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact Kelly Hall, RD, LD at