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2020 Champion of School Breakfast Awards

Schools were selected for their innovative and collaborative school breakfast practices, including their commitment to increasing school breakfast participation and empowering students to make healthy choices.

Click here for the 2020 Champion of Breakfast Award announcement, and click each school link below to view individual success stories.

The School Breakfast Program is a federal child nutrition program administered by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

USDA makes right move to mitigate food insecurity with lunch program extension

Education Dive – Betsy Huber |

“Eliminating food insecurity in the U.S. will improve the health of millions of Americans but will only be possible if we support all the links in the food supply chain, from our farms to our children’s lunch bags… Child hunger is a very real challenge, one that is particularly acute as the nation wrestles with COVID-19 and its economic ripple effect. Providing universal free meals is just one step in combating the challenge. While the logistics of offering free meals may seem daunting, the success of previous programs has proven that it can be done, even on a large scale.”

Betsy Huber

Betsy Huber is president of National Grange, a nonprofit focused on strengthening individuals, families and communities through grassroots action, service, education, advocacy and agriculture awareness.

‘Children Are Going Hungry’: Why Schools Are Struggling To Feed Students

NPR |

Among low-income households with children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, only about 15% have actually been getting those meals, says Lauren Bauer, a researcher at the Brookings Institution. She’s been poring over the results of the U.S. Census Bureau’s weekly Household Pulse Survey.

Free Lunches Will Continue For Some Ohio K-12 Students

Statehouse News Bureau |

Lisa Hamler Fugitt, the executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, says kids who got free meals through schools this summer can continue to do that, whether in class or doing remote learning because the USDA is allowing the continuation of that program during the fall. 

But in schools where students must apply for free or reduced priced food programs, students will continue to have to pay for their meals if they are deemed able to do so. 

As it stands now, the program will end December 31st.

Columbus School Board Voting On $25 Million In COVID-Related Spending

WOSU |

The school board agenda lists $7.15 million to pay for more Chromebooks so students can attend classes and do school work online. All students in the district are starting the school year with all-virtual learning. 

Also listed is $3,808,331 for coronavirus-related needs as provided by the federal CARES Act. Those funds could be used for items such as PPE, including face masks and hand sanitizer.

Most of the money, $14 million, would provide grab-and-go meal packs, for three or five days, to feed the district’s more than 50,000 students while they’re attending school from home. That portion of expenses would be reimbursed by the federal school lunch and breakfast programs.

Butler County schools adjust to feed students during summer of coronavirus

Journal-News |

Thanks to increased federal and state local funding, school food programs for free and reduced student meals are keeping busy this summer.

The school-based programs in Butler and southern Warren counties are most active in the area’s largest schools systems – Lakota, Hamilton, Fairfield, Middletown and Mason. In general, smaller enrollment districts in the area are coordinating free student meal distribution during the week with local pantries and other charitable organizations.

P-EBT Cards Mailed To Ohio Students Who Receive Free School Lunches

WOSU |

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is sending the P-EBT cards to make up for the 53 days of school breakfasts and lunches students missed out on when the state’s public schools went virtual in March.

Families will receive one card for every student in the free meals program. Each card will have $302 or $231, depending on when the student enrolled in the program.

Erlanger-Elsmere schools now also serving up supper for students, families

WKRC |

School districts across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana are into their summer feeding program, which helps serve healthy meals to low-income areas. 

Since 67% of the Erlanger-Elsmere school district is on free-and-reduced price lunch, under Kentucky Department of Education guidelines, the entire school district is eligible for free lunch.

Now that school is out for the summer, they’re still firing up the ovens. Preparations are non-stop. Five to six nutrition workers compile breakfast, lunch and dinner, including fresh fruits and vegetables.

The district also creates frozen meals.