Breakfast Blueprint

Plan for a Successful Launch


“Start slow. Do a lot of preplanning so change doesn’t come as a shock. Some may feel like, ‘I really do want students to have breakfast, but I don’t know what was wrong with the old system.’ There has to be some explanation about why you’re changing to this new model and some recourse if it’s not working. How can folks share their challenges?” —Union vice president for elementary schools, New York

Implementing a new breakfast service model alters daily operations and routines for many staff, including custodians, food service workers and instructional personnel. Without clear guidance on new expectations and routines, many staff can become frustrated and dissatisfied. Successful breakfast after the bell programs facilitate smooth transitions by communicating the district’s intentions along with broad guidelines to participating schools.

First, choose a service model or a combination of models. (See Table 1 below for an overview of the breakfast in the classroom, “grab and go” and second chance breakfast models.) 

Table 1