Breakfast Toolkit for School Improvement Plans

Nutrition Directors:

You might already know that your school district has been designated as low-performing, and is developing school improvement plans to begin the turnaround process.

We’re reaching out to you in partnership with the NC Department of Public Instruction’s Educator Support Services because we know the development of these plans is a great opportunity for you to make the case for innovative school breakfast service methods and what they add to student success.

You’ve heard from us before about the benefits of innovative Breakfast After the Bell models. And you may already have schools that are great examples of using innovative methods to serve more students. This is a new, ripe opportunity to make the case to fellow district leaders about the value of growing breakfast participation and expand your most successful efforts.

School improvement plans are often focused on finding better ways to use under-utilized resources that already exists in schools. Because the school breakfast program is already in schools, getting the most out of it as a resource by increasing the number of students participating is a perfect strategy for the school improvement plans currently in development.

We hope you will discuss this information with your superintendent and fellow district leaders as you make the case for nutrition’s place in school improvement plans.

And as always, reach out to us with any questions. You can contact Helen Roberts, School Breakfast Program Manager for No Kid Hungry, at

Thank you for all you do for the children of North Carolina.