Tools You Can Use
From toolkits to one-pagers, marketing materials to webinars, we’ve got the resources needed to make sure all students have access to the fuel they need to learn. Find Nebraska-specific resources and success stories tailored by school and district decision-maker below.
Download the Nebraska School Breakfast Report
Nebraska Appleseed and Go Big Breakfast have released the Nebraska School Breakfast Report, Year 2018-19. The report identifies pockets of success and new opportunities to ensure hungry students get a nutritious breakfast at school to support their classroom achievement.
- Nebraska ranks 48th out of 50 states and the District of Columbia in the percentage of students receiving free or reduced-priced school breakfast who also participate in lunch (44.7 percent).
- Programs like alternative breakfast models and universal free meal options are under-utilized in Nebraska, resulting in less federal reimbursement and fewer students getting the food they need.
Tools by Stakeholder
Your Role in School Breakfast
A school’s food service team is the backbone of a strong school breakfast program – they know their students and can lead the charge to implement an alternative breakfast model. Learn more about how to roll out a successful alternative breakfast model and increase participation, all while strengthening your bottom line.
Why alternative breakfast models?
- Parents should have a voice in planning for an alternative breakfast model. A strong communication plan, opportunities for feedback, and sharing benefits can help address most parent concerns.
- Alternative breakfast models can increase participation and revenue. These additional funds can be used to offset other school nutrition program costs.
- Administrators make decisions but nutrition staff work directly with kids. If you see hunger in your school or district, talk about exploring or piloting breakfast models that serve more kids.
- No need to change bus or classroom schedules. Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab and Go, and Second Chance have been successfully implemented without schedule changes in classrooms across Nebraska.
Nutrition Staff-Specific Resources
Alternative Breakfast Models for Nebraska Nutrition Staff: Nebraska-specific information for Nutrition Directors and staff including common concerns and solutions that have proven useful in other districts.
Choosing the Right Breakfast Model: Learn about the different Breakfast After the Bell models and determine which models suit your community best.
Pre-Implementation Checklist: Preparing for implementation can make the transition from traditional cafeteria breakfast to Breakfast After the Bell smoother and increase the chances of maintaining a successful breakfast program. Allowing for adaptations during early implementation can help improve your program along the way. This resource provides a detailed checklist that schools can use to help prepare for Breakfast After the Bell implementation.
Breakfast After the Bell Rollout Timelines: The Breakfast in the Classroom and Grab and Go to the Classroom Rollout Timelines outline action steps school stakeholders can take to help prepare for the launch of Breakfast After the Bell. The rollout timelines span both long-term action steps and short-term action steps — starting at 8 weeks before implementation and counting down each week until launch.
Menu Planning: There are many things to consider when building a Breakfast After the Bell menu. Food must meet USDA guidelines and be appealing to kids. Food must also be easily transportable and easy to consume in the classroom. These sample menus and menu planning tools can help you build your menu and succeed in the kitchen as well as with kids.
Equipment Tips: Determining the equipment needs of your Breakfast After the Bell program can be a daunting process. Let this resource help guide you in choosing what equipment would be useful for whichever Breakfast After the Bell model you choose.
Financial Management: The financial impact of expanding school breakfast can be calculated so you have an idea how it will affect the budget. Here are multiple resources that schools can use to determine how expanding school breakfast will affect the revenue and overall operation of breakfast, and analyze variable costs versus fixed costs.
Participation Tips And Student Surveys: High breakfast participation is the result of many different aspects of the breakfast program running smoothly, from the logistics of the program, to gaining buy-in from the student body. These resources showcase tips and tactics schools can use to increase breakfast participation.