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School Breakfast Program (SBP)


School Breakfast Program

More than 8.1 million children across the United States start their day with the School Breakfast Program, a Federal program that provides States with cash assistance for non-profit breakfast programs in schools and residential child care institutions.

a good breakfast can make or break your day quote

-John Muir Middle School

School breakfast is healthy, convenient, and helps students do well in school. Research shows that eating breakfast leads to:

  • Improved academic performance, focus and behavior
  • Higher scores on standardized tests
  • Reduced rates of nurse visits

Breakfast Resources

For information about different service and financial models and promotional materials visit the School Breakfast Resources webpage.

More breakfast resources here!

National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) - March 4-8, 2024

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Mark your calendar for next year's National School Breakfast Week, March 4-8, 2024! More information will be posted on our National School Breakfast Week webpage early next year.

Wisconsin School Breakfast Challenge

To ramp up for National School Breakfast Week, DPI and its SNT partners: No Kid Hungry, Hunger Task Force and School Nutrition Association of Wisconsin, host the Wisconsin School Breakfast Challenge during the month of February. The Wisconsin School Breakfast Challenge is a state-wide competition to increase fun, nutrition, and participation in the School Breakfast Program. Schools are encouraged to engage with students, school staff, parents and community members to complete breakfast-related activities which promote the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast at school.

Stay tuned for updates on the SY 23-24 Wisconsin School Breakfast Challenge and visit the Wisconsin School Breakfast Challenge webpage for details on last year’s challenge and the winners. We thank all those that participated in this fun event!

Severe Need Breakfast

A school is eligible for severe need reimbursement if 40% or more of the student lunches served at the school in the second preceding school year were served free or at a reduced price. Severe need payment is made on an individual school building basis. Regulations require documentation of eligibility to be maintained on file by the school agency for periodic review. Severe Need Breakfast request submission and approval is now part of the DPI SNT annual online contract renewal.

School Breakfast Statistics

Visit the Program Statistics page for various data reports relating to the School Breakfast Program.


For questions about starting a School Breakfast Program, contact