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School Breakfast Program

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and the School Breakfast Program ensures it is a healthy one. The program currently serves 30,650.Montana kids every day.

Montana School Breakfast Report Card SY2014-2015

School Breakfast Basics

Steps to Jumpstart your Breakfast Program

  1. Update your agreement with OPI on CNP Web
  2. Choose the meal service style that works best for your school.
  3. Plan your menu. Click on the following link for simple ideas: 2-week Cycle Breakfast Menu
  4. Start serving and counting kids.
  5. Claim the meals.

The Breakfast Meal Pattern

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Offer vs Serve

bracket All students must select at least 1/2c of fruit/vegetable.

bracket Make sure students choose 3 out of 4 items.

bracket An item = 1oz grain, 1oz meat/meat alternate, 1/2 cup fruit, 8oz milk

Offer vs Serve: Breakfast Handout
Breakfast Meal Pattern Handout

Let everyone know about your program! USDA requires breakfast outreach. It can be as simple as providing a breakfast menu for students and parents. For more outreach ideas, download the folllowing files:

Universal School Breakfast

Does your school have over 75% free and reduced meal participation? You qualify for higher reimbursement for breakfast served.

This can increase your participation and the higher reimbursement allows you to cover program cost in order to offer breakfast to all children, free of charge, regardless of their eligibility status.

 

Breakfast in the Classroom

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Where? Breakfast is served in the Classroom.

When? School decides when meals are served. Typically at the beginning of the school day; during the first 10-15 minutes of class while attendance is being taken or daily announcements are taking place. 

Works Best For: Lower grade levels where children start the day in the same classroom with the same teacher each day.

To bring the School Breakfast Program to your school, contact OPI School Nutrition Programs at 406.444.2501.

How Breakfast Happens

  1. Pre-pack hot or cold reimbursable meals.
  2. Ideas for serving:
    bracket Stop by cafeteria for pre-packed grab ‘n’ go bags, then head to the classroom to eat.
    bracket Meals are delivered to classroom.
    bracket Student leaders pick up and deliver meals to the classroom.
  3. Teachers can use this Breakfast in the Classroom checklist to ensure meal service in the classroom meets reimbursement requirements

Don’t Forget! To be reimbursed for the meal, follow required meal counting procedures.

WATCH THIS VIDEO for a demonstration of BIC in Montana:
Breakfast in the Classroom Program at Chief Jo Elementary School, Great Falls School District

Montana BIC Success Stories

Breakfast in the Classroom Spotlight, Troy, MT
Breakfast = Achievement: Breakfast in the Classroom in Great Falls
Breakfast = Achievement: Breakfast in the Classroom in Missoula
Breakfast = Achievement: Breakfast in the Classroom in Victor
Breakfast = Achievement: Breakfast in the Classroom at Rocky Boy Elementary

National Food Service Management Institute
Best Practice Guide for In Classroom Breakfast


Q&A
Q: Does BIC cause a big mess in the classrooms?
A: No. After students eat, they simply put all their trash into a designated trash bag, which is then placed outside the classroom for easy pick-up. Desks can be quickly wiped down with a sanitizing solution or wipes.
Q: Does BIC take away from instructional time?
A: No. In fact, schools with BIC have experienced an increase in instructional time because students settle in at their desks faster in order to eat and are silent while eating, which gives the teacher time to review homework, make announcements or begin the day’s lesson. Students also remain more attentive throughout the period because they are not hungry.
Q: Can we still charge for breakfast if we serve it in the classroom?
A: Yes. The teacher simply marks down which children took the breakfast, and their accounts are charged accordingly.

Breakfast After First Period

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Where? Schools decide. For example: students can eat in the cafeteria, similar to traditional breakfast or take a bagged meal to be eaten in between classes or during next period.

When? After the school starts as long as it’s before lunch. For example: Students eat after first period, or during a morning nutrition break, either in the cafeteria, common areas or between classes.

Works best for: Older students. They are often not hungry early in the morning and tend to arrive at school closer to the start of the school day.

To bring the School Breakfast Program to your school, contact OPI School Nutrition Programs at 406.444.2501.

How Breakfast Happens

  1. Pre-pack hot or cold reimbursable meals.
  2. Ideas for Serving:
    bracket Stop by cafeteria for pre-packed grab ‘n’ go bags
    bracketMobile breakfast carts. For increased participation, place them in high traffic areas in your school. Examples: school entrance, cafeteria, hallways, near the gym.

Don’t Forget! To be reimbursed for the meal, follow required meal counting procedures.

 

Traditional School Breakfast

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Where? Breakfast is served in the Cafeteria

When? School decides when meals are served. Typically before the school day begins.

Works Best For: Small schools where buses and drop-offs allow most students to arrive at least 15-20 minutes prior to the morning bell.


Contact OPI School Nutrition Programs at 406.444.2501 to learn more about Traditional School Breakfast

 

Grab ‘N’ Go Breakfast

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Where?  Schools decide. Examples of location: outside, in the hall, in class or in the cafeteria. Schools can even allow students to choose where they eat.

When? Schools decide. Examples of when: first thing in the morning, between classes, or at a mid-morning break. Schools can even allow students to choose when they eat.

Works best for: Schools of all sizes and grade levels.

To bring the School Breakfast Program to your school, contact OPI School Nutrition Programs at 406.444.2501.

How Breakfast Happens

  1. Pre-pack hot or cold reimbursable meals.
  2. Ideas for Serving:
    bracket Stop by cafeteria for pre-packed grab ‘n’ go bags
    bracket Mobile breakfast carts. For increased participation, place them in high traffic areas in your school. Examples: school entrance, cafeteria, hallways, near the gym.

Don’t Forget! To be reimbursed for the meal, follow required meal counting procedures.

Grab ‘N’ Go Success Story
Paula Buser of Canon City, Colorado, established a Grab ‘N’ Go -style breakfast she dubbed “breakfast at the bell.” When the bell rings 15 minutes prior to the start of the school day, students know it is time to grab their breakfast and begin eating it in the commons area. A food service staff member monitors students and helps them make selections. The number of breakfasts served daily increased from 12 percent to 85 percent.

 

 

boys with cereal To bring the School Breakfast Program to your school, contact OPI School Nutrition Programs at 406.444.2501.