National School Breakfast Program (NSBP)


The National School Breakfast Program (NSBP) 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.

School Breakfast Program
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Drug Administration


Schools wishing to operate the National School Breakfast Program (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 to Participate must be submitted to the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Child Nutrition Program (CNP) 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 National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or the 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 USBE CNP office.

Application of Intent

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.

Contact USBE CNP for all training requests and access to UEN CANVAS courses.

Forms and Resources

The following links will provide sponsors with the necessary resources and forms to begin the process of implementing the School Breakfast Program.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Drug Administration:

Reimbursement Rates

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.

2017-2018 Reimbursement Rates

**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 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Child Nutrition Program distributes policy memorandums to provide guidance and clarification on program requirements and regulations.

School Meals: Policy