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Project breakFAST toolkit

Breakfast is often considered the most important meal of the day but many teenagers skip breakfast. When teens don’t eat until lunch time, their energy sags mid-morning and their ability to learn suffers. More and more middle schools and high schools are adding Grab and Go breakfasts and Second Chance breakfasts to increase school breakfast participation.

The Project breakFAST toolkit contains guidelines and templates for getting started, marketing and evaluation resources, and best practices from schools that have implemented successful Grab and Go and Second Chance breakfasts.

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You can access the Project breakFAST toolkit for free! We just ask that you complete a quick survey to tell us more about you and your intended use.

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What is Project breakFAST?

Project breakFAST: Fueling Academics & Strengthening Teens was a four-year study to test ways to increase participation in USDA’s School Breakfast Program at 16 rural Minnesota high schools. The study was conducted by researchers with the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in collaboration with six organizations, including the Extension Center for Family Development. Project breakFAST was funded in February 2013 by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (Grant Number R01HL113235).

For more information on the study, visit Project breakFAST: Fueling Academics and Strengthening Teens on the University of Minnesota Programs in Health Disparities Research website.

Get More Information

The Health and Nutrition team of the Extension Center for Family Development continues to work with Minnesota schools to implement Project breakFAST practices. This is one of many ways that Extension serves as a bridge between University research and people in need.

If you would like more information about the content of the toolkit, please contact Mary Schroeder (; 507-337-2817).

If you would like to connect with us to see if we could partner with your school on Project breakFAST, contact a staff member on our SNAP-Ed Team.

If you would like more information about the Project breakFAST research study, see Project breakFAST: The Final Report (PDF). If you have additional questions on the study, contact Kate Grannon (; 612-625-7179).

Related resources

Project breakFAST: Fueling Academics and Strengthening TeensUniversity of Minnesota Programs in Health Disparities Research — Get more information about the original Project breakFAST research project.

Workshops for School Foodservice Professionals — Bring one of these workshops on increasing participation in school breakfast, creating Smarter Lunchrooms, serving fruits and vegetables, and lowering sodium to your school district.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) — Helping Minnesotans with limited financial resources make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Healthy School Environments — Join us in making every school a healthy environment for Minnesota's children.

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