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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 for School Year 2014

Amount of Food Per week (Minimum Per Day)


  Grades K-5 Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12
Fruit/Vegetable (cups) 2 1/2 (1/2) 2 1/2 (1/2) 2 1/2 (1/2)
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