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Federal School Breakfast Program

The School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a federally funded meal program operating in public, public charter, and nonprofit private schools as well as residential child care institutions  (RCCIs).   The SBP provides cash subsidies to assist schools with meeting meal costs while providing students nutritious breakfasts to begin their school day and promote learning readiness and healthy eating behaviors.  OSSE WNS School Programs administers the SBP for the District of Columbia.

Schools must apply to participate in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) on an annual basis. Application for the SBP is included in the application for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and therefore only one application must be completed to participate in both programs.  

Children who qualify for free and reduced priced lunches under the NSLP may also receive free and reduced price breakfasts.  Certain meal and nutrition requirements must be met for all breakfast meals served.  Schools must also meet and maintain certain paperwork requirements for participation.

Schools receive funding by being reimbursed for the eligible (meet all nutrition and meal requirements) breakfasts served.  Free breakfasts served are reimbursed at the highest rate, while paid breakfasts served are reimbursed at the lowest rate.  Reimbursements rates are set each year by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

Participation in the School Breakfast Program (SBP), as with all USDA Child Nutrition Programs,  is voluntary.  Parents can not be required to complete applications for participation and schools are not required to participate in the program. 

Additional information on the program can be found at the USDA Federal School Breakfast Program page.

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