Illinois - Breakfast at school: Policy requirement

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law recommends strategies to ensure students eat breakfast in the morning or maintains a program that only applies to certain schools (ex. schools with 70% FRPL students).

Illinois Compiled Statutes 105 ILCS 125/2.5 Breakfast incentive program

(1) Additional funding incentive. The State Board of Education may reimburse each sponsor of a school breakfast program at least an additional $0.10 for each free, reduced-price, and paid breakfast served over and above the number of such breakfasts served in the same month during the preceding year.

(2) Start-up incentive. The State Board of Education may make grants to school boards and welfare centers that agree to start a school breakfast program in one or more schools or other sites. First priority for these grants shall be given through August 15 to schools in which 40% or more of their students are eligible for free and reduced price meals, based on the school district’s previous year’s October claim, under the National School Lunch Act [42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.]. Depending on the availability of funds and the rate at which funds are being utilized, the State Board of Education is authorized to allow additional schools or other sites to receive these grants in the order in which they are received by the State Board of Education.The amount of the grant shall be $3,500 for each qualifying school or site in which a school breakfast program is started. The grants shall be used to pay the start-up costs for the school breakfast program, including equipment, supplies, and program promotion, but shall not be used for food, labor, or other recurring operational costs. Applications for the grants shall be made to the State Board of Education on forms designated by the State Board of Education. Any grantee that fails to operate a school breakfast program for at least 3 years after receipt of a grant shall refund the amount of the grant to the State Board of Education.

(3) Non-traditional breakfast incentive. Understanding that there are barriers to implementing a school breakfast program in a traditional setting such as in a cafeteria, the State Board of Education may make grants to school boards and welfare centers to offer the school breakfast program in non-traditional settings or using non-traditional methods. Priority will be given to applications through August 15 of each year from schools that are identified as priority schools under Section 2-3.25d-5 of the School Code. [105 ILCS 5/2-3.25d-5] Depending on the availability of funds and the rate at which funds are being utilized, the State Board of Education is authorized to allow additional schools or other sites to receive these grants in the order in which they are received by the State Board of Education.


Illinois Compiled Statutes 105 ILCS 126/16 Breakfast after the bell program

(b) The board of education of each school district in this State shall implement and operate a breakfast after the bell program by the first school day of the next academic year after the effective date of this a mendatory Act of the 99th General Assembly, if a breakfast after the bell program does not currently exist, in each school building within its district (1) in which at least 70% or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches based upon the previous year's October claim (for those schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program); (2) in which at least 70% or more of the students are classified as low-income according to the Fall Housing Data from the previous year (for those schools that do not participate in the National School Lunch Program); or (3) that has an individual site percentage for free or reduced-price meals of 70% or more (for those schools using Provision 2 under Section 11(a)(1) of the federal Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act or the Community Eligibility Provision under Section 104(a) of the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 to provide universal meals). If a school falls below the applicable 70% threshold for 2 consecutive years, it has the option to continue participating in the program, but is not required to do so.

(c) Each school under this Section may determine the breakfast after the bell service model that best suits its students. Service models include, but are not limited to, breakfast in the classroom, grab and go breakfast, and second-chance breakfast

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