This Operations & Equipment Guide is designed to help you choose the right equipment for your breakfast after the bell program, regardless of delivery model or grade level.
This online guide transforms the lessons learned from implementing breakfast in the classroom (BIC) programs funded by the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom grant project into an operational implementation guide to help you plan your own BIC program. Our goal is to help all schools successfully implement BIC programs with thoughtful planning and access to practical experience.
Starting a BIC program can be daunting. Flexibility and allowing for change during implementation are important; every school is different, and stakeholder buy-in will be critical to success. Strategies to pilot the program in a few schools can help fine-tune the implementation, identify what works and what doesn’t work, and develop school breakfast advocates among principals and teaching staff. It can also identify critical needs in the areas of food production, meal delivery, meal counting and claiming, janitorial services, and menu planning that can guide your implementation strategy. The end result will make school breakfast an integral part of the school community, creating a culture of emotional and social support for students.