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

All schools offering the School Breakfast Program can participate in the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge by submitting their participation data for February 1, 2018 thru March 30, 2018

School food authorities will receive a survey gizmo email the last week of March 2018 to report breakfast meals served, operating days and enrollment.


Raise The Bar

Get the word out! Invite school administrators, teachers and other staff to come together and participate in the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge! Promote and share school breakfast messages to your community through E-newsletters, social media, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag: #OHSBC

Ideas to promote and share breakfast messages are on the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge Resource page.

Raise Your Praise

Schools reporting breakfast Average Daily Participation (ADP) data and that meet the ADP rates as stated below will be notified of their award level in May 2018. These schools will receive an All-Star recognition banner to proudly display in their school. Banners will be distributed at summer conferences.

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*

Ohio School Breakfast Challenge Statewide Champions of Breakfast Awards

Join the Inaugural Eight, Champions of Breakfast Award Winners!

Schools that demonstrate a collaborative best practice to create, enhance or expand school breakfast are encouraged to apply for the Champions of Breakfast Award. Applications are available December 2017 at the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge “News” page. Nominations will be accepted January 3-31, 2018. Champion Award winning schools will be announced during National School Breakfast Week, March 5-8, 2018.

In The News

2018 Champions of School Breakfast Awards
2018 All Star Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2018-School Breakfast Challenge All-Star Award Winners!

329 Ohio schools met the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge criteria. Breakfast Challenge All-Star schools will receive recognition and an All-Star Breakfast Banner.



2017 Breakfast Challenge Award Winners

Click here for the Spring 2017 School Breakfast Challenge Award announcement

Click here for the Spring 2017 School Breakfast Challenge Award Winners



2016 Breakfast Challenge Award Winners

Click here for the Fall 2016 Ohio School Breakfast Challenge announcement

Click here for the Fall 2016 Ohio School Breakfast Challenge Award Winners


Ohio Education Groups Support Breakfast

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.