Breakfast in the Classroom NC

North Carolina is the 10th hungriest state in the country. The Breakfast in the Classroom initiative allows children living in households where there isn’t enough food, to have access through the school breakfast program. Breakfast becomes available to everyone - no matter the income level. Breakfast in the classroom is proven to dramatically increase participation in the School Breakfast Program.


National Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom

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North Carolina Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom

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The Grant

Grant Criteria

Do you want to increase breakfast consumption among schoolchildren and spark the academic and nutritional gains associated with the morning meal through the implementation of breakfast in the classroom? The grant is targeted to help high-need schools and districts cover the upfront costs often associated with the startup and implementation of breakfast in the classroom and “grab n’ go” programs, such as purchasing equipment, outreach efforts to parents, program promotion, and other related expenses.

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The Grant Process

To submit a grant application school systems must submit a letter of support, complete the Application Action plan, and identify other grant funding the district is receiving in relations the Breakfast in the Classroom.

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BIC Convening Presentation

The Budget and Tax Center held a convening for BIC on February 22, 2017.

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Grant Application Technical Assistance

Need help with the Application?

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BIC Self Assessment Form and Guide

This guide will help you perform a thorough assessment of your district’s needs and readiness to implement Universal Breakfast in the Classroom.

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2017 Poverty Report

Author - Brian Kennedy II Project - NC Budget & Tax Center

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North Carolina School Breakfast Report

This report examines key findings regarding school breakfast participation rates in North Carolina school districts during the 2016–2017 school year.

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School Breakfast Scorecard

This report measures the reach of the School Breakfast Program in the 2016–2017 school year nationally and in each state.

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Love NC Fund NC

A report that highlights the harmful impacts of the scheduled tax cuts to North Carolina.

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Revenue Options to Support Children’s Educational Success

It is time for the General Assembly to set up a tax code to meet the needs of a growing state seeking to compete and deliver a high-quality of life to everyone.

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County Economic Snapshots

The Budget & Tax Center‘s Economic Snapshots provide a look at how well counties in North Carolina are faring across key indicators of economic well-being and opportunity.

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  • 03/07/2018 02:30 PM

In North Carolina, 371,000 low-income children participated in the national School Breakfast Program on an average school day in school year 2016–2017, according to a report released today by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), an anti-hunger advocacy group.

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  • 02/19/2018 10:52 AM

The benefits of school breakfast participation are clear — reduced hunger, improved academic achievement and test scores, elevated health and nutrition, and reduced absenteeism, tardiness, and behavior referrals. In 2016-2017, more children participated in the school breakfast program nationally than ever before, according to the Food Research Action Center’s (FRAC) School Breakfast Scorecard. This report measures the reach of the School Breakfast Program in the 2016–2017 school year — nationally and in each state — based on a variety of metrics, and examines the impact of select trends and policies on program participation. While participation from year to year has continued to increase nationally, the rate of growth has slowed.

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  • 06/14/2016 12:00 AM

The healthy development of children is essential to building and sustaining a prosperous society. Still, 1 in 5 North Carolina children face food insecurity each day, which threatens their well-being and life outcomes. Nationally, North Carolina is the 8th most food insecure state in the country, with 1 out of every 6 households being food insecure – meaning these families do not access to food, which is needed to ensure their child is healthy, academically successful, and has sufficient early childhood development.

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