Healthy Breakfast for Kids

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and growing evidence proves just what that means for children. School breakfast is a real solution to hunger and gives our children the opportunity to learn and perform well at school while growing healthier lives and brighter futures. According to a 2011 report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC): “Students who participate in school breakfast show improved attendance, behavior, standardized achievement test scores as well as decreased tardiness.”

Today, school breakfast is the fastest growing segment of school food service, due in large part to the advocacy work being done in this area. Over 13.1 million children eat breakfast at school each day and many of those children come from food insecure households. Although 13 million may seem like a high number, that is less than half of the students eating lunch. Our goal for this program is to see an increase that equates with 70% of the children who eat lunch also eat breakfast.

Healthy Breakfast for Kids (HB4K) assists in ensuring children’s access to the most important meal of the day by supporting universal, after-the-bell breakfast programs in schools. HB4K provides equipment grants to assist in implementing grab-and-go and breakfast in the classroom (BIC) programs which are proven to effectively reach more students than traditional cafeteria breakfast served before classes begin. Breakfast after the bell offered to all students reduces the severe negative impact of hunger on school age children across the country. As part of the program, CAF has developed universal breakfast implementation resources and best practices, available to all schools at The Lunch Box.

The 2014-15 grants--restricted to the state of Michigan--are made possible by the Walton Family Foundation.

Want to know what past grant recipients had to say about HB4K? Read the Healthy Breakfast 4 Kids Evaluation Report – May 2013

Applying for a HB4K Grant

Visit our Apply for a Grant page to learn more about who can apply and eligibility.