CHICAGO – Rise and Shine Illinois, in partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, provided over $100,000 in grants support to 31 schools that supported Breakfast After the Bell implementation this fall.

Breakfast After the Bell is an essential part of broader efforts by Illinois schools to approach student success holistically. Many barriers can make it difficult for students to have breakfast each morning. Making breakfast part of the school day ensures all students have access to a healthy breakfast to achieve their goals in the classroom and in life.

The following Illinois school districts were awarded Breakfast After the Bell grants for implementation in the 18-19 school year:

* Central A&M CUD 21 (2 schools)

* Shelbyville CUSD 4 (2 schools)

* Taylorville CUSD 3 (1 school)

Data from the 2017-18 school year shows that nearly 12,000 additional Illinois students have access to school breakfast and the nutrition necessary to support learning and classroom success. Research indicates that eating breakfast at school helps improve performance, have better attendance and promotes healthy habits.

Up to $5,000 per school is available to support the implementation or enhancement of Breakfast After the Bell programs (Breakfast In the Classroom, Grab ‘N’ Go, Second Chance). Grant funds will help schools purchase equipment, supplies, and/or materials to facilitate increased student participation in the school breakfast program.

Schools can visit riseandshineillinois.org to apply for a Breakfast After the Bell grant and for more information on how Rise & Shine Illinois can help support your school.

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