Alternative School Breakfast: Moving Breakfast Out of the Cafeteria and Into the Classroom

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Alternative school breakfast alleviates hunger by increasing the number of low-income students who eat breakfast in grant-funded districts.  

 At A Glance

Wake up, Get Dressed, Go to School-- a typical morning routine of a student.

A crucial element is missing: breakfast. Skipping breakfast has become common place among students due to busy schedules, lack of time, or not feeling hungry first thing in the morning.

Socioeconomic status and the social stigma behind the perception that only low-income students should eat school breakfast also results in less students participating in traditional school breakfast programs. Yet, all students need to eat breakfast to be alert, focused and ready to take on the school day; especially since researchers continuously point to a link between good nutrition and student achievement.

 School Breakfast Definitions

Since 2011, AASA has been funded by the Walmart Foundation to provide funding and technical assistance to increase school breakfast participation. Through alternative school breakfast, breakfast is moved out of the cafeteria, and into the classrooms and hallways.

From 2015-2017, AASA will work in partnership with 11 school districts, which were selected through a competitive application process. AASA brings all districts together through a Community of Practice allowing participants to (1) share best practices (2) problem solve and (3) learn from one another.

 Project Goals


  1. Bring together grant-funded districts with previously-funded districts in a Community of Practice to provide technical assistance in order to successfully implement an alternative school breakfast program.  
  2. Collect metrics from grant-funded districts in order to show the impact of increased breakfast participation on attendance, tardy rates, and others.
  3. Share the lessons learned from the grant funded districts with AASA members to promote the use of alternative school breakfast to increase participation and alleviate hunger.


 News and Updates

Learn more about alternative school breakfast through our resource library.

Stay up to date on our school breakfast site visits with participating districts through AASA Children's Programs On the Road







Questions? Contact:

Kelly Beckwith, Project Director, Child Nutrition, Hunger and Obesity

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