School Breakfast is healthy, convenient, and affordable. The benefits of breakfast include improved academic performance, attention span, and behavior. Students who eat breakfast have fewer missed school days and fewer visits to the nurse. The School Breakfast Program provides students with the fuel they need to be full, focused, and ready to learn.
The SBP is a federally funded meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It is adminstered at the federal level by the USDA and at the state level by the Maine Department of Education, Child Nutrition.
Breakfast After the Bell
New for SY 2020
Maine will be offering a one-time offer to schools starting the Alternative Breakfast Delivery Service Program that provides breakfast after the start of the school day. The school must have at least 50% of students qualified for a free or reduced-price lunch during the preceding school year. A non-competitive application will need to be submitted prior to schools taking part in the program. The department is developing guidelines to allocate and disburse the funding to participating schools. The guidelines will be posted on this webpage and discussed at meetings.
The program is open to all children up to the age of 21 who are enrolled in public and private nonprofit schools and residential child care institutions.
- Federal SBP Regulations link to USDA
- No charge for breakfast for reduced price students.
- Private schools cannot charge more than $.30 for reduced price school breakfast.
Program Planning and Operations
- Breakfast Bars (doc)
- Breakfast Meal or No Meal Training (pdf)
- Breakfast Menu Planning Tool 2015-16 (xls)
- Food Buying Guide link to USDA; Food purchasing and crediting guidance.
- Food Fact Sheets link to USDA
- FRAC Breakfast for Health (pdf)
- FRAC Breakfast For Learning (pdf)
- How to Make a Breakfast Customizable Poster (doc)
- Maine Crediting Food Guide (pdf)
- Maine Dairy & Nutrition Council Information about the nutritional benefits of milk and helpful recipe resources, including smoothies.
- Meal Pattern (pdf)
- Meal or No Meal? Identify a Reimbursable Breakfast (docx)
- Offer versus Serve Manual. Link to USDA
- Production Record K-12 (xlsx)
- SBP Quick Guide (pdf)
- SBP Toolkit link to USDA; resource for establishing or expanding the School Breakfast Program.
- School Breakfast Program Market Research Report (pdf) Helpful Materials from the Analytic Insight Market Research project that can be used to boost School Breakfast Program Participation.
- School Breakfast Program Messages Infograph (pdf) Helpful Materials from the Analytic Insight Market Research project that can be used to boost School Breakfast Program Participation.
- School Breakfast Program Presentation (pdf) Helpful Materials from the Analytic Insight Market Research project that can be used to boost School Breakfast Program Participation.
- Vegetable Subgroup Chart (pdf)
Breakfast Meal Pattern and Ways to Boost Participation
For more information or questions about the School Breakfast Program please contact a Child Nutrition staff member.