Delaware - 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).

Delaware Code 4137 Alternative service models for school breakfast

(c)The Program. Beginning in school year 2017-2018, every public school site, including charter school sites, participating in the community eligibility provision, shall be required to offer a breakfast at no cost to every student in the school through an alternative service model, which may be in addition to their traditional breakfast meal service.


Delaware Code 4137 Alternative service models for school breakfast

(a) Purpose.-- The purpose of allowing for alternative service models for school breakfast is:

  • (1) To increase the total number of public school, excluding charter school, students eating breakfast on school days;

  • (2) To help improve the academic performance of these students; and

  • (3) To improve the overall health of these students in the State.

(b) Definitions.-- For the purposes of this section:

  • (1) "Alternative service model" means breakfast meal service that may include 1 or more of the following:

    • a. Breakfast in the Classroom.

    • b. Grab-and-Go Breakfast.

    • c. Second-Chance Breakfast.

  • (2) "Breakfast in the Classroom" means that breakfast meals are eaten in the classroom at the start of the school day. A breakfast meal can either be delivered to the classroom or be served from the cafeteria or a cart or kiosk placed within the school, the cafeteria, or another location deemed appropriate by the school.

  • (3) "Community eligibility provision" means a provision from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 [P.L. 111-296] that allows schools and local education agencies with high poverty rates to provide a breakfast and lunch to all students at no cost.

  • (4) "Department" means the State of Delaware Department of Education.

  • (5) "Free claiming percentage rate", for the purposes of this program, means the identified student percentage of a school multiplied by a factor of 1.6.

  • (6) "Grab-and-Go Breakfast" means that students are able to access a breakfast meal from a cart or kiosk placed within the school, the cafeteria or another location deemed appropriate by the school.

  • (7) "Identified student percentage" means the number of students in a school directly certified for free meals (any student in a household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) plus any student identified as homeless, foster, migrant or runaway) between the period of July 1 through April 1 annually.

Policy Links: