Breakfast Resources


School Breakfast is one of the most powerful tools we have to combat food insecurity among Montana's youth. One of the most under-utilized Federal Nutrition Programs, it offers huge potential for increasing access to healthy food that kids need to grow, play, learn and reach their full potential. It is also a great way for ANY child to start the day.

This year, Montana No Kid Hungry is partnering with Governor and First Lady Bullock to launch an ambitious program to expand school breakfast program participation across the state.

Currently, only 34% of kids who qualify for free and reduced-price lunches also eat school breakfast. Our goal is to get school breakfast participation among free and reduced-price students up to 70% of school lunch participation.

We recommend that schools consider implementing an alternative breakfast service model that makes breakfast more visible, convenient, and appealing to students than traditional cafeteria based models. We provide a range of resources to help schools design the perfect breakfast program to suit their site, staff and students.


Breakfast After the Bell School Grants 

Schools are encouraged to apply for a grant (up to $5,000) to support the implementation of innovative and well-proven service models such as Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab and Go, or Breakfast after First Period, or to launch new breakfast programs where there currently is none.

Purpose: Grants are intended to help schools increase breakfast participation through the purchase of approved equipment, materials, training and outreach necessary to roll out, expand, or improve a school breakfast program. Grants are NOT intended to support the costs of food or labor for ongoing meal service. However, schools can apply for funds to purchase food for promotional events (e.g. a free breakfast day or week, taste-tests and samples, etc.) designed to recruit new customers, or for temporary staffing to facilitate the transition/launch of the new program.

Eligibility: To be eligible to apply, schools must either be planning to implement an alternative service model (e.g. Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab and Go, Breakfast after First Period, or Breakfast on the Playground), to make major innovative changes to an existing underutilized breakfast program, or to start a new breakfast program if one doesn't currently exist.

Guidelines: Grant applications will be evaluated on the basis of adherence to eligibility requirements, growth potential for breakfast participation, and program sustainability beyond the grant funding period. Further, grant applicants must be able to identify existing barriers to breakfast participation and make a strong case that proposed changes will address these barriers and result in increased participation.

If you have questions about whether or not your school qualifies or could benefit from this funding opportunity, call Linda Cleatus (School Breakfast Coordinator) at 444-3925, or email

Register: You must register your organization in order to acces our grant portal HERE before proceeding to the application.

To apply: The application can be filled out using our grant portal HERE.

Round 2: Applications are due March 31st, 2017

Past Grantees: Click HERE to view all of the schools that we have previously awarded.

In some cases we may be able to accept applications on a rolling basis between grant rounds. Please contact Lisa Lee (Director) if you would like to apply between scheduled rounds.


School Breakfast Program Coordinator

Montana No Kid Hungry is happy to work with anyone who is interested in expanding breakfast participation in their local schools, and to connect you with the wide range of additional resources and services that are available to aid school breakfast program development.

Linda Cleatus

School Breakfast Coordinator, Montana No Kid Hungry



No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps

Stationed in five high-need communities across the state of Montana, our service members are working directly with some of our largest and most high-need school districts to assess the need and potential for school breakfast programs in local schools, support the implementation of Breakfast After the Bell programs, and increase participation in existing meal programs by identifying and removing specifc barriers, education and outreach, through other innovative approaches.

For more about hosting a NKH AmeriCorps member, go to:


School Breakfast Program Information and Support

Breakfast: Every Student, Every Day Public Service Announcements
Eight 30-second Public Service Announcements (PSA) sound clips and text files on breakfast promotion recorded by First Lady Lisa Bullock and Superintendent Denise Juneau.  Reinforce the importance of eating breakfast and options for accessing breakfast by utilizing the PSAs in your community!


For help getting a new breakfast program started at your school, or to estimate what a new or different breakfast program would cost at your school, contact the experts at the Montana Office of Public Instruction School Nutrition Department.

The Montana Food Bank Network is also a great resource.

After School Resources