School Breakfast Program
The Child Nutrition Act established the School Breakfast Program in 1975, which is administered by the State Agency, Food and Nutrition Services with Federal Funds provided by the Federal Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Program provides a balanced and nutritious diet, which covers a quarter (1/4) of the daily nutritional requirements necessary for each age group. In addition, it helps to form good eating habits that last a lifetime.
The participating school or institution undertakes administrative and fiscal responsibilities. These include administering refunds of Federal Funds received for breakfast rations served that meet the requirements established in the Dietary Guidelines.
7 CFR 220
Who can sponsor this Program?
Children’s institutions and public and private schools that operate non-profit.
What services can a sponsor offer?
- Serve free breakfast and absorb the difference in cost between the reimbursement and the cost of producing the ration.
- Sell breakfast at a reasonable price, using the eligibility guidelines to determine families who qualify for free, reduced-price, or paid services, accordingly.