The National School Breakfast Program is a federally assisted meal program that provides funds to states to operate non-profit breakfast programs in public or non-profit private schools, and Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCI). It provides payment for nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free breakfasts to children each school day. Program sponsors may choose from several meal service types to meet the needs of their students. These include but are not limited to: traditional breakfast offered in the cafeteria, breakfast on the bus, breakfast in the classroom, breakfast after first period, or grab and go breakfast. Reimbursement is based on meals served to children at the established free, reduced, and paid rate depending on the eligibility of the student served.
National School Breakfast Program
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Drug Administration
Schools wishing to operate the NSBP must be a public or private non-profit elementary or secondary school, Residential Child Care Institution (RCCI), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) school, or an educational service agency and become approved as an NSBP sponsor or participate under an existing program sponsor.
To become a sponsor of the NSBP, an Application of Intent must be submitted to the Child Nutrition Programs office by February 15 prior to the school year you are working to implement the NSBP at your school. The Application of Intent allows you to participate in the training and approval process to become a program sponsor. All training and approval requirements must be completed between February 15 and September 30 to operate the program as a sponsor.
Schools already providing the NSLP and/or NSBP do not need to submit an Application of Intent for the following school year as they are already an approved program sponsor or are operating under an approved sponsor. If a current NSLP sponsor wishes to add the breakfast program at their school, contact the Child Nutrition Programs office.
Schools may apply for Provision 1, 2, 3 or Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) status. Provision 1, 2, or 3 options reduce paperwork for the sponsor and households once approved by the state agency. Provision status reduces the normal requirements for annual determinations of eligibility for free and reduced-price school meals and daily meal counts by type (free, reduced price and paid meals) at the point of service.
Notify USBE CNP prior to the start of school if interested in Provision 1, 2, or 3. The deadline to complete the CEP application process is June 30th.
For help understanding basic qualification requirements or if you need assistance with the application process please contact USBE CNP.
NSBP training is available throughout the year. NSBP Sponsors are invited to program training and have access to UEN CANVAS training courses.
The following links will provide sponsors with the necessary resources and forms to begin the process of implementing the School Breakfast Program.
For additional forms or resources please contact USBE CNP.
Reimbursement is based on meals served to children at the established free, reduced, and paid rate depending on meal type and eligibility of the students served.
**Severe Need Breakfast Reimbursement
Severe Need eligibility is limited to those schools in which 40% or more of the lunches were served free or at a reduced price during the second preceding school year and for which the regular breakfast reimbursement is insufficient to cover the costs of the Breakfast Program.
Claims for reimbursement for this program are due to USBE no later than the 4th working day of every month.
In coordination with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), our office distributes policy memorandums to provide guidance and clarify program requirements and regulations.
USDA/FNS Policy center allows you to search for current and archived USDA published policy memorandum.