School Breakfast Program


The School Breakfast Program

The School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts to children each school day. The program is meant to ensure that all children have access to a healthy breakfast at school to promote learning readiness and healthy eating behaviors.

School Breakfast Program Fact Sheet (USDA)
School Breakfast Program (No Kid Hungry)

Produced by the New England Dairy & Food Council

School Breakfast for Excellence

It takes more than books for a child to learn
In-Classroom School Breakfast Survey Results
  • Less visits to nurse
  • Less behavior problems
  • Greater attention span
  • Higher academic achievement
Every student needs to eat breakfast because a hungry child cannot learn. Yet many children come to school without eating breakfast. Children may not eat breakfast because they do not have time or are not hungry when they wake up. With busy family schedules, many children are left to prepare breakfast on their own. Those who do eat may choose low-nutrient foods that do not sustain energy levels throughout the morning. For some children, food insufficiency may be an issue. Others eat breakfast so early they are hungry again when they get to school. Whatever the reason, the School Breakfast Program can help. Many core subjects are taught in the morning, so make sure school breakfast fuels your child with the energy needed to perform better in school.

2018 CT School Breakfast Report (EHC!)

2016 CT School Breakfast Report (EHC!)
The School Day Just Got Healthier (USDA)
Breakfast for Health (FRAC)

Does your school offer School Breakfast?

Find out if your school participates

Select a county and then select a district. Schools that appear are participating in School Breakfast.

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Start a School Breakfast Program

  1. Read the CT School Breakfast Report Card to learn about the status of School Breakfast Program in CT and in your school district.
  2. Watch the CT School Breakfast Program video to see how it can work.
  3. Contact the CT Breakfast Expansion Team (CBET) by filling-out the “Request for CBET Assistance” form (right).
  4. Download resources on the New England Dairy & Food Council’s website to plan for a successful school breakfast program.

Request Assistance with School Breakfast

Do you want to work on School Breakfast in your town or school? Fill out our form and we will be in touch!

Key Child Nutrition Programs


School Breakfast

The School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a federally funded meals program that started in 1966. It provides nutritious breakfasts to students and gets them ready to learn.


Summer Meals

Summer meals are free, nutritious, meals and snacks that are provided to kids and teens, 18 years of age and younger, throughout the summer when school is out.



“Suppers” or After-school meals are made possible through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).