​​Bring School Meals for Every Student to Your District

Find out how to provide school meals to your school district at no cost through the Community Eligibility Provision.

Be a champion for healthy learning environments.

Educators know that in order for children to learn, they must be well-nourished. Schools are an important access point for healthy meals for low-income children. That is why community eligibility continues to grow in popularity among high-need schools. Community eligibility has been successful at increasing school breakfast and lunch participation, so more students experience the positive educational outcomes that are linked to participating in school meals. In the current school year, nearly 10 million children in over 20,000 schools and 3,500 school districts are being offered breakfast and lunch at no charge through the community eligibility program.

Capture the benefits of community eligibility for your district.

As a participant of community eligibility your schools will have:

  • Less administrative work. School administrators no longer need to collect and verify school meal applications and can focus more resources on providing nutritious meals for students;
  • Increased participation in the school breakfast and lunch programs. In initial pilot states, community eligibility increased breakfast participation by 9.4 percent and increased lunch participation by 5.2 percent;
  • Improved financial viability of school nutrition programs. When community eligibility becomes available at a school, school meal participation increases, which can improve school nutrition finances; and
  • The elimination of unpaid meal fees. This means schools no longer need to collect money from families or find available funds for the meals that go unpaid by students.


Additionally, by offering meals at no charge to all students, community eligibility makes it easier for schools to leverage innovative school breakfast service models, such as breakfast in the classroom, “grab and go” breakfast, and second chance breakfast. The Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom have funding and technical assistance available to help implement these programs. 

 

For more information, go to: http://breakfastintheclassroom.org/grants/.