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.
FOOD DELIVERY SYSTEMS
The type of equipment you choose for your program will depend on your delivery model. Review this section to find the right equipment for your grab-and-go, direct delivery, or hybrid breakfast after the bell program.
FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEMS
The equipment in this section will help you plan what you need for storage, cooking, and holding food for breakfast after the bell.
Custodial, Cleaning, & Sanitation/PPE
This section will help you and your custodial team plan for cleaning and sanitation supplies for serving meals in the classroom. You will also find information on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for school nutrition and other staff members.”
Find the equipment you need to help teachers and/or school nutrition staff keep accurate records for breakfast after the bell.
MENUS & MARKETING
The equipment found here will help you plan menus as well as market your breakfast in the classroom program to students.
Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (PBIC) is a consortium of national education and nutrition organizations including FRAC, the School Nutrition Foundation, the NEA Foundation, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation, and generously funded by the Walmart Foundation. The mission of the Partners is to increase breakfast consumption among schoolchildren and spark the academic and nutritional gains associated with the morning meal through the implementation of Breakfast in the Classroom programs.Many of the schools that participated in the Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) grant project experienced increased school breakfast participation rates; in some cases, school breakfast participation doubled when breakfast was moved to the classroom and served as part of the school day. The benefits of the BIC program are many, including improved attendance, reduction in student tardiness, and greater accessibility to a nutritious meal for all students especially those eligible for free and reduced-price school meals.
Review this section to find the right equipment for your grab-and-go, direct delivery, or hybrid program.
Meal Counting & Claiming Systems
Find the equipment you need to help teachers and staff keep accurate records.
Review this section to find equipment suggestions to help you plan your breakfast after the bell menu.
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