School Breakfast Grant Program

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Grant Description

Full Plates Full Potential is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for schools looking to increase the number of students participating in the School Breakfast Program. We are looking to support innovative ideas or tried and true best practices, such as Breakfast After the Bell, to enhance breakfast access by reimbursing costs not covered by the USDA.

Eligibility Information

  • Grants available to school districts and organizations operating federal Child Nutrition Programs (School Breakfast Program, SSO)
  • Only one application per school administration unit or organization

** If your school or district has at least 50% of its students qualify for free or reduced lunch, please consider applying for the Maine DOE Breakfast After the Bell Grant for assistance.**

Learn more about our grant application criteria and how to navigate our new grant portal.

Key Dates


July 1st - July 22nd

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Grants will be available to schools from

For the following:

  • Equipment needed to support operating a new Breakfast After the Bell model like Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab n’ Go Breakfast, or Second Chance Breakfast (coolers, carts, baskets, pin pads, etc.)
  • Outreach costs for enhanced marketing and advertising to students, parents, and school staff
  • Staff training and professional development activities
  • Staff time required to plan and prepare for the successful launch of a new Breakfast After the Bell model (time spent planning a reimbursable meal menu, development of attendance tracking procedures, filing systems, and staff trainings)
  • And more!

Breakfast Grant:

Elm Street School

Elm Street Elementary School, part of RSU 16 in Mechanic Falls has the highest rate of child hunger in the district, with 57% of students eligible for free and reduced price school meals. At the beginning of the 2017/2018 school year, school nutrition staff was concerned that they…

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Breakfast Challenge

March 1 - March 31

The School Breakfast Challenge is a contest to encourage schools to get creative, try new menu items, amp up their marketing, and even switch to a new Breakfast after the Bell model like Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab and Go, or Second Chance Breakfast to increase breakfast participation during the month of March and beyond. Schools are divided into 3 categories based on size, and the 2 schools per category with the biggest increase in participation between February and March wins .

Past Challenge winners

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