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School Breakfast Program (SBP)

  • The new School Breakfast resource is available! The redesigned School Breakfast Toolkit is an on-line resource to help school districts serve more students in School Breakfast programs.
  • Research has shown that starting the day with a nutritious breakfast helps students stay alert and perform better in school.
  • The resource includes downloadable letters to principals, teachers, and parents, a PowerPoint presentation, and other materials to build community support and encourage more students to eat School Breakfast.


Breakfast Meal Pattern

Amount of Food Per week (Minimum Per Day)


  Grades K-5 Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12
Fruit/Vegetable (cups) 5 (1) 5 (1) 5 (1)
Grains* (oz eq) 7 (1) 8 (1)

9 (1)

Meats 0 0 0
Fluid Milk (cups) 5 (1) 5 (1)

5 (1)


Other Specifications: Based on the Average for a 5-day Week


Min-Max Calories 350-500 400-550 450-600
Saturated Fat <10% calories <10% calories

<10% calories

Sodium (mg) <540 <600 <640
Trans Fat

Nutrition label or manufacturer statement must indicate zero grams per serving.


*All grains offered will be whole grain rich in SY 2014-2015

Important Notes:

-Meat/Meat Alternates are not required, but are allowed to be offered and counted toward the weekly grain minimums

-Calorie ranges are weekly weighted values

-Sodium Standards are weekly weighted values that begin in School Year 2014-2015


Breakfast Tools and Resources:

Crediting Guidance:


  • No Charge for Breakfast for Reduced students
  • Private schools can not charge more than $.30 for Reduced Price School Breakfast

Federal Guidance Regarding the New Meal Pattern:

Smart Snacks In Schools (Competitive Foods)


Research suggests that students who consume breakfast are more likely to:

  • Meet daily nutritional needs
  • Consume less fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories when cereal is eaten
  • Have lower blood cholesterol levels
  • Be Thinner and keep weight under control
  • Have improved memory, concentration, energy, endurance and mood
  • Attend school more often
  • Experience less discipline problems
  • Earn higher grades
  • Spend less time in principal's or nurse's office