State law requires specific strategies to ensure all students eat breakfast.
Action Guide for School Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies
The action guide recommends that districts help ensure that all children eat breakfast, either at home or at school, through various strategies such as promotional materials and nontraditional breakfast service (e.g., distribution of breakfast bags, breakfast after first period program, and serving breakfast in the classroom). The action guide also provides additional resources to help schools promote breakfast consumption.
General Statutes of Connecticut Sec. 10-215g. In-classroom school breakfast pilot program
(a) There is established an in-classroom school breakfast pilot program. The Department of Education may, within available appropriations, maintain a competitive grant program for the purpose of assisting up to ten severe need schools, as defined in section 10-266w, to establish or expand in-classroom school breakfast programs.
(b) Applicants for grants provided pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall apply annually to the Commissioner of Education at such time and in such manner as the commissioner prescribes. In determining whether to award an applicant a grant for an in-classroom school breakfast program, the commissioner shall consider, at a minimum, the following factors: (1) The specific objectives and description of the proposed program, (2) the cost of the proposed program, (3) the number of children who will benefit from the proposed program, and (4) whether the proposed program is likely to increase the number of students receiving nutritious breakfasts
General Statutes of Connecticut Sec. 10-215h. Child nutrition outreach program.
(a) The Department of Education shall administer, within available appropriations, a child nutrition outreach program to increase (1) participation in the federal School Breakfast Program, federal Summer Food Service Program and federal Child and Adult Care Food Program; and (2) federal reimbursement for such programs.
(b) The child nutrition outreach program shall:
(1) Encourage schools to (A) participate in the federal School Breakfast Program; (B) employ innovative breakfast service methods where students eat their breakfast in their classrooms or elsewhere after school starts, rather than only before school and only in the cafeteria; and (C) apply to the in-classroom breakfast grant program pursuant to section 10-215g;
(2) (A) Encourage local and regional school districts to sponsor Summer Food Service Program sites; (B) recruit other sponsors of such sites; and (C) make grants to site sponsors to assist them in increasing child participation;
(3) Encourage child care centers, group child care homes and family child care homes, as such terms are described in section 19a-77, to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program; and
(4) Publicize the availability of federally funded child nutrition programs throughout the state.