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Breakfast in the Classroom Initiative Launches

January 2011, Volume 34, Issue 5

The NAESP Foundation is working in five urban school districts to implement Breakfast in the Classroom, a joint initiative of four leading hunger, nutrition, and education nonprofit organizations to increase breakfast consumption among schoolchildren and spark the academic and nutritional gains associated with the morning meal. 

Partnering with the NAESP Foundation are the Food Research and Action Center, National Education Association Health Information Network, and School Nutrition Foundation. Collectively known as Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom, the four organizations developed this initiative in response to their shared passion for childhood nutrition and its potential for improving educational outcomes and child health.

Breakfast in the Classroom is designed to increase participation in the federal School Breakfast Program using three key strategies proved to spur higher participation: 

  1. Expanding free breakfast to all students;
  2. Moving it from the cafeteria to the classroom; and
  3. Serving it right after the opening bell.

With funding provided by a $3 million grant from the Walmart Foundation, Breakfast in the Classroom will provide morning meals to students in the Dallas Independent School District, Little Rock School District in Arkansas, Memphis City Schools in Tennessee, Orange County Public Schools in Florida (including Orlando), and Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland (outside Washington, D.C.).

In anticipation of program implementation, the NAESP Foundation wants to hear from principals nationwide whose schools serve breakfast in the classroom. Share with us your story, including obstacles and challenges, as well as successes. Send an e-mail to or call 800-386-2377.

For more information about Breakfast in the Classroom, visit

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