Every student deserves access to healthy, nutritious food. Serving meals in the classroom improves the well-being of students, especially low-income students who rely on school meal programs.

To implement this program, school nutrition staff, students, or teachers deliver meals to classrooms, or students pick up meals from multiple locations at school, and then eat in their classroom as part of the school day.

Serving meals in the classroom:

  • Promotes racial equity, reduces stigma and helps address the needs of Black, indigenous, and students of color who are often at greater risk of food insecurity due to the impacts of structural racism

  • Increases school meals participation which means increased funding, enabling schools to serve even more students, hire more staff, and further invest in high-quality meals

  • Allows for social distancing and provides a safer environment for students and school staff returning to in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic


From toolkits to one-pagers and marketing materials to webinars we’ve got the resources needed to make sure all students have access to the fuel they need to learn.

A school’s food service team is the backbone of a strong school breakfast program—learn more about how to roll out a successful meals in the classroom program and increase participation, all while strengthening your bottom line.

From food service and custodial staff to teachers to principals to superintendents, successful meals in the classroom programs rely on support from all levels.  Learn more about the role treasurers, superintendents, and other school administrators play in school meals.



Help us strengthen meals in the classroom programs across the state by sharing your story with us! Tell us what they have meant for your district and students in your community, by sharing your best practices, lessons learned, and successes.


Watch recorded webinars about school breakfast and other topics through No Kid Hungry’s Center for Best Practices.


Ask us your most challenging questions about best practices, equipment, funding and more! Click the icon above to schedule a meeting with the United Way of King County Breakfast After the Bell experts.

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If you want to learn more, have questions about implementing Breakfast After the Bell in your community, or want to share a compelling story, send us a message!


Contact Information

Email: schoolbreakfast@uwkc.org

Phone: 206.257.8422