School Breakfast Program (SBP)


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 administered at the federal level by the USDA and at the state level by the Maine Department of Education, Child Nutrition.

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.


Outreach Presentations:


    • 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 Meal Pattern and Ways to Boost Participation

            Webinar Slides (pdf)



                For more information or questions about the School Breakfast Program please contact a Child Nutrition staff member.