Under the School Breakfast Program, federal reimbursements are available to all public schools for breakfasts served to low-income children, yet only 45% of Illinois students eligible to receive breakfast actually do. Participation is often low because breakfast is either served in isolation, before the start of the school day, or there is a stigma surrounding students needing free or reduced price meals.
Rise and Shine Illinois works with schools to reduce these barriers to participation by implementing alternative breakfast models, such as Breakfast in the Classroom and Grab N Go. While the food for the School Breakfast Program is free, there are still costs associated with delivering that food to children. Schools need equipment and supplies like insulated bags, Grab N Go carts and trash cans to make this program work. Rise & Shine Illinois offers grants to cover these extra costs.
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