About the Challenge

Give ‘em breakfast. Give ‘em a boost.

The Ohio School Breakfast Challenge encourages
all schools to give their students the best start
they can with a healthy breakfast.

  • Attendance
  • Behavior
  • Classroom participation
  • Attentiveness
  • Concentration
  • Math and reading scores
  • Standardized test scores
  • Cognitive test speed
  • Vocabulary
  • Anxiety
  • School nurse visits
  • Tardiness
  • Absenteeism1,2
School breakfast programs also make economic sense and have been shown
to increase revenue in the food service department.2

Breakfast Strategies

Customize your breakfast program to service the unique needs of your school.

Breakfast in the Cafeteria
Breakfast is served and eaten in the cafeteria. A variety of hot and cold menu items can be offered so students get a healthy start to their day.
Grab ‘n Go
Students pick up breakfast when they arrive at school and it is served in a variety of high-traffic areas such as the cafeteria, hall or entry ways.
Breakfast in the Classroom
Students eat together in the classroom and breakfast is delivered by the nutrition staff, students and/or volunteers.
Second Chance Breakfast
Students get breakfast during a break in the morning after first period or mid-way between breakfast and lunch, similar to Grab ‘n Go.

And remember, in Ohio breakfast can be served in the classroom and counts as part of the school day.

Raise Your Hand

Take the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge. Schools can choose to participate in one or both challenges.

Fall Challenge: Oct. 3 - Dec. 2, 2016
Spring Challenge: Feb. 1 - March 31, 2017

There is no need to sign up! After each challenge period, schools will receive a survey to report their monthly data.


Raise The Bar

Share the commitment to school breakfast and invite other school administrators, educators and nutrition staff to join.

Reach out to parents and students to promote the importance of starting smart with school breakfast.

Raise Your Praise

Schools that meet the criteria below will receive a Breakfast All-Star banner to proudly display in their school. Schools with the following Average Daily Participation (ADP) rates at breakfast can receive the following statewide recognition.

Breakfast All-Stars

80% or higher total ADP*
70–79% total ADP*
60–69% total ADP*
50–59% total ADP*
Rising Star
30% increase from pervious school year ADP*

Now it’s your turn to help your
students eat right and be bright!

Take the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge today.

In The News

2017 Champions of Breakfast Awards - Deadline Extended

The Ohio School Breakfast Challenge is pleased to announce the inaugural Champions of Breakfast Awards, a new award to recognize individual schools or districts and their collaborative efforts to serving breakfast, the most important meal of the day.

To download a nomination form, click here or to complete an online nomination form, click here.

Your completed application should demonstrate how your school or district worked with others to create, enhance and/or expand your school breakfast program, and should be considered a “Collaborative Best Practice” for other schools to model.

Champions of Breakfast Award nominations are being accepted from Feb. 22 –  March 24, 2017.

Send completed nomination forms to breakfast@drink-milk.com.  The 2017 Champions of Breakfast Awards will be selected by an advisory committee of principals, child nutrition directors and business officials.

Award winning schools will be announced April 2017.

Fall Challenge Winners Announced

Congratulations to the Fall 2016 School Breakfast Challenge “All-Star” Award Winners for their outstanding efforts!  Click below to view the official award announcement and list of winners.

Fall 2016 Ohio School Breakfast Challenge Announcement

Fall 2016 Ohio School Breakfast Challenge Award Winners


Ohio Education Groups Support Breakfast

The Ohio School Breakfast Challenge is supported by more than 25 school and health organizations.  Hear why this new initiative is important to the following groups:

Ohio School Board Assn 

State Board of Education

Ohio PTA

Ohio Assn of Secondary School Admins

Ohio Assn of Elementary School Admins

Ohio Assn of School Business Officials 

Ohio Education Service Center Assn

Brought to You By:

1 Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) “Breakfast for Health” Fall 2011 www.frac.org
2 Wellness Impact Report: Enhancing Academic Success through Healthy School Environments – GENYOUth Foundation 2013 www.GENYOUthFoundation.org
3 Ohio Department of Health, 2013 Ohio Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Center for Disease Control
4 Section 3313.813, Food Programs- Outdoor Education Centers, 3 (e)
*Annual Total ADP Definition: School Breakfast Annual Average Daily Participation Rates of total students enrolled based on food service monthly claims.