Skip survey header

Breakfast and Beyond SY 2020-2021

Breakfast and Beyond SY 2020-2021

Demonstrating resiliency and collaboration in the important work of feeding students.

"Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before.  You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you've lost, or accept that and try to put together something that's good."  Elizabeth Edwards


Purpose: To recognize districts or an individual school/s within a district, that demonstrate a "can do" approach to ensure students, families and communities have expanded access to meal programs.

Districts are encouraged to submit stories that demonstrate collaboration and innovative strategies and practices in the important work of feeding students, families and the community at large during the pandemic. 

Submit stories that
  • include plans implemented between June 2020 thru December 2020
  • demonstrate collaborative efforts, innovative strategies and practices 
  • maximize resources to expand access to food programs to meet the needs of the school district and community at large.
Stories can be submitted anytime between January 2021 thru April 15, 2021.

Recognizing Your Efforts
A selection of stories from around the state will be highlighted and shared on an ongoing basis (February thru May 2021) with all Ohio School Breakfast Challenge partners, and other education, health and child focused organizations.
Districts submitting stories receive
  • an electronic medallion for your use on school menus, website, social media, school district profile & other community focused communications.
  • social media messages and a press release to share with your district and the community.

Stories should include

  1. Collaboration: Explain how your district (or an individual school/s within the districtstepped up to the challenge and the role and contribution of internal and external partners during this extraordinary time.
  2. Strategies & Resources Used: Describe strategies implemented and resources used that contributed to success given the variety of learning environments, spacing, social distancing, sanitizing etc.  
    1. Include communication tools, grants, access to meal programs, backpack programs, food banks, food pantries that supported expansion and access to meal programs. 
  3. Challenges: Did you encounter challenges?  If so, explain how you overcame them.
  4. Outcomes: Using data and observations, describe the impact and greatest accomplishments achieved in expanding access to meal programs. Include stories/quotes from students, families or community members.  
  5. Sustainable: Describe new meal strategies and/or programs that will be continued post pandemic and if you have plans to expand upon them.
  6. Photos and Communication:  Provide up to 5 of the following:  photos of meals in action, news articles/social media, and/or communication pieces.  Pictures must be approved to be published.    Use this link to email your pictures. 
 Save and Complete Later Button

At the top right hand corner of the page you can click the button Save and Complete Later, to finish your application at another time.  Please supply an email address to save your progress. A unique link will be emailed to you that will allow you to return where you left off.

Please contact Jan Ritter at if you have any questions regarding the application.