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Grants and Other Financial Assistance Programs: FY2014

School Breakfast Expansion Project
Fund Code: 550

Purpose: The purpose of the breakfast expansion grant is to encourage eligible schools to develop and implement a model approach to incorporating the new USDA meal plan requirements for the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and increasing participation in the School Breakfast Program over the 2013-2015 school years to attain a 100% increase in student participation by December 30, 2015.
Priorities: Schools that have 75% of students eligible for free or reduced-priced lunch and have a significant student participation gap between school lunch and breakfast program participation:
  • difference of participation in students eligible for free or reduced price meals of greater than 30% throughout the 2012-2013 school year.
Eligibility: School districts with schools that have a School Breakfast Program or desiring to initiate a School Breakfast Program during school years 2013-2015 where 40% percent or more of the lunches served to students were free or reduced price.

For a list of eligible schools visit the Nutrition, Health and Safety website.
Funding: $237,500 is available to support grant awards up to $10,000 per school. ESE will award 25 to 50 competitive grants and offer free SBP professional development to nutrition staff in awarded schools.

Schools awarded grants will be expected to be compliant with the new meal plan regulations when reviewed in the 2013-2014 school year.
Fund Use: In general, the funds may be used for:
  • Analysis of current school breakfast program to:
    • Analyze the SBP menu to assess where changes need to be made to comply with new USDA meal plan requirements for reimbursement
    • Determine barriers to SBP participation and strategies to overcome them
    • Transition to alternate models of delivery such as Breakfast in the Classroom
  • Equipment needed to for heating, cooking, holding, serving, and refrigeration of foods used in the SBP
  • Outreach, marketing, and education about the new nutritional requirements and benefits, including community and parent outreach
  • Communications to promote nutrition and increase awareness of the new meal plan (and/or new breakfast delivery method) changes with all constituents (teachers, students, parents, school staff, custodial staff, etc.)
  • Surveys and focus groups with students (6-12) and parents (K-5)
  • Taste testing new recipes compliant with the new meal plan with students, teachers, parents
  • Investing in transitioning labor costs to change the breakfast delivery method or extending the period SBP is offered during the day
  • Extend the period during which school breakfast is available during the day (e.g., staff costs, outreach activity to increase participation, small equipment costs)
  • Provide school breakfast to students during the school day
  • Overcoming barriers to expanding SBP participation
Project Duration: Upon Approval to 6/30/2015
Program Unit: Nutrition, Health, and Safety
Contact: Kerry Callahan
Phone Number: (781) 338-6462
Date Due: (Due date for the first round was Friday, March 7, 2014.)
Second round due date extended to Friday, April 11, 2014
Proposals must be received at the Department by 5:00 p.m. on the date due.
Required Forms:
  1. Download PDF document Download MS WORD document  Part I - General - Program Unit Signature Page - (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
  2.  Download MS EXCEL file  Part II Budget Detail Pages (Include both pages.) - Instructions
  3. Download PDF document Download MS WORD Document  Part III - Required Program Information
Submission Instructions: Submit five (5) sets, each with an original signature of the Superintendent/Executive Director.

Mail to:
Kerry Callahan
Nutrition, Health and Safety
Massachusetts Department of
Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148-4906

Last Updated: March 14, 2014
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