First Fuel Breakfast Challenge Grants

First Fuel Breakfast Challenge grants help keep Michigan kids healthy.

Children can't learn when their stomachs are grumbling. Studies show students who eat breakfast score better on tests and behave better in class.

That's why we're offering our First Fuel Breakfast Challenge Grants. It's our way of encouraging kids to eat breakfast at school.

The goal: healthy kids

Our Building Healthy Communities: First Fuel Breakfast Grants initiative is a partnership with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan. Together, the Blues and the UDIM awarded 75 schools breakfast grants totaling $250,000. The grants ranged from $900 to $9,000. They will help schools pay for marketing their breakfast program and equipment such as coolers, breakfast carts and kiosks.

These grants support the First Fuel Breakfast Challenge introduced in March by State Superintendent Mike Flanagan. During the 2013-14 school year, the Michigan Department of Education will add school breakfast participation to the annual online scorecard for all Michigan schools.

Grant winners

The grants were available to all public, charter and private nonprofit schools in Michigan. Forty elementary schools, 12 middle schools, 13 high schools, two K-8 schools, seven K-12 schools and one 6-12 school received the grant. This will help 35,000 children get a healthier start to their school day.

The grant winners will choose the method of breakfast service to meet each school's needs. They can do grab-and-go breakfast, breakfast after first period, breakfast vending machines, delivering breakfast to the classroom, breakfast in the bus loop or others.

You can review our First Fuel Breakfast Challenge Grants (PDF) and our press release for more information about the program and the grant winners. 

Going forward

For the 2014-2015 school year, schools can apply for a grant as part of the Building Healthy Communities program. Now it'll be called the breakfast in the classroom grant.

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