About the Challenge

Give ‘em breakfast. Give ‘em a boost.

The Ohio School Breakfast Challenge encourages
schools to start the day with school breakfast
so all students are ready to learn.

IT IMPROVES
  • Attendance
  • Behavior
  • Classroom participation
  • Attentiveness
  • Concentration
  • Math and reading scores
  • Standardized test scores
  • Cognitive test speed
  • Vocabulary
IT DECREASES
  • 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.3

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. Ohio best practices include Millcreek West-Unity Local
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. Ohio best practices include Bright Local, Graham Middle and Southern Local
Breakfast in the Classroom
Students eat together in the classroom and breakfast is delivered by the nutrition staff, students and/or volunteers. Ohio best practices include Garfield Heights City and Logan Hocking
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. Ohio best practices include Cincinnati Public and Scioto Valley
Explore more innovative and collaborative school breakfast practices.

Did you know in Ohio, breakfast counts as part of the school day when served in the classroom.5

Breakfast and Beyond Recognition for SY 2020-2021

Breakfast and Beyond recognizes districts or individual school(s) within a district, that demonstrate a “can do” approach to ensure their students, families and communities have expanded access to meal programs during the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

How to Participate

Districts can participate by submitting stories that demonstrate collaboration and innovative strategies and practices in the important work of feeding students, families and the community at large during the pandemic.

 

Recognizing Your Efforts

A selection of stories from around the state will be highlighted and shared on an ongoing basis (February through May 2021) with all Ohio School Breakfast Challenge partners, Ohio Education Associations and their membership, and other education, health and child focused organizations.

Districts submitting stories will receive

  • an electronic medallion for use on school menus, website, social media, school district profile & other community focused communications.
  • social media messages and a press release to share with their district and the community.

 

Click here to submit your story thru survey research/survey gizmo. Stories can be submitted anytime from January 2021 through April 15, 2021.

 

 



Get the Word Out

Promote and share school breakfast social media messages to your community thru e-newsletters, Facebook and Twitter. Hashtag: #OHSBC. Explore the resource page for more promotion ideas!

In The News

OSBC Case Study

Discover how a group of organizations under the leadership of the American Dairy Association Mideast engaged state education association leaders to be a part of a concerted effort to increase student access and participation in the School Breakfast Program. Click here for the Case Study.

 

Secondary School Admin & Teacher Surveys

Surveys provide insight into the beliefs and role secondary school administrators and teachers play in increasing access and participation in school breakfast. Click here for the Secondary Administrator Addenum and click here for the Teacher Addenum.

 

Ohio Education Groups Support Breakfast

The Ohio School Breakfast Challenge is supported by more than 25 school and health organizations. Learn why from the following groups:

Ohio School Board Association

State Board of Education

Ohio PTA

Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators

Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators

Ohio Association of School Business Officials

Ohio Education Service Center Association

2020 Champion of School Breakfast Awards

Congratulations to the 2020 Champion of Breakfast Award Winners for their innovative and collaborative school breakfast practices, including their commitment to increasing school breakfast participation and empowering students to make healthy choices.

Click here for the 2020 Champion of Breakfast Award announcement, and click each school link below to view individual success stories.


2019 Champion of School Breakf
ast Awards

Click here for the list of 2019 Champion of Breakfast Award Winners and click on the links below for each winner’s success story, and click here for all 2019 Champion of School Breakfast success stories.

 

2018 Champion of School Breakfast Awards

Click here for the 2018 Champion of School Breakfast Award winners announcement, and click here for best practices.

 

2017 Champion of School Breakfast Awards

Click here for the 2017 Champion of School Breakfast Award winners announcement and success stories.

2020 Breakfast All-Star Award Winners

Click here for the 2019-20 Breakfast All-Star Announcement, and click here for a complete list of the 2019-20 Breakfast All-Star Schools.


2019 Breakfast All-Star Award Winners

Click here for the list of the 2019 Breakfast All-Star Award Winners.

 

2018 Breakfast All-Star Award Winners

Click here for the 2018 Breakfast All-Star Award Winners.

 

2017 Breakfast All-Star Award Winners

Click here for the Spring 2017 Breakfast All-Stars Award announcement.

Click here for the Spring 2017 Breakfast All-Stars Award Winners.

 

2016 Breakfast All-Star Award Winners

Click here for the Fall 2016 Breakfast All-Stars Award announcement.

Click here for the Fall 2016 Breakfast Challenge Award Winners.

 

Brought to You By:

CITATIONS
1 Breakfast Intake and Composition Is Associated with Superior Academic Achievement in Elementary Schoolchildren, Journal of the American College of Nutrition Vol. 35, Iss. 4,2016
2 Adolphus K1, Lawton CL2, Champ CL2, Dye L2. The Effects of Breakfast and Breakfast Composition on Cognition in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review. Adv Nutr. 2016 May 16;7(3):590S-612S. doi: 10.3945/an.115.010256. Print 2016 May.
3 Wellness Impact Report: Enhancing Academic Success through Healthy School Environments – GENYOUth Foundation 2013 www.GENYOUthFoundation.org
4 2017, U.S. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, Center for Disease Control
5 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.