NEA Foundation and No Kid Hungry Breakfast After the Bell Fellowship Application
Please read this section before beginning the application. You may view the entirety of the application here ( You will need data from school nutrition and your administrative teams to complete this application.

Fellowship Requirements
Fellows will participate in-person and virtual meetings to learn about Breakfast After the Bell and brainstorm and troubleshoot with other fellows and school nutrition and educator leadership experts.

You can be a classroom teacher, education support professional, or someone who has access to a classroom(s) where you can pilot!

Fellows will share their work through reporting on their implementation project as well as creating a plan for empowering others to lead this work. Fellows will have the opportunity to share findings in various conferences and venues such as blogs, videos, articles, etc. Fellows are expected to serve as an advocate for this work in their school and district.

Fellows will be required to submit a letter of support from a building administrator, local education association president, and School Nutrition Director. Letter of support should include agreement to make any schedule/logistical changes related to Breakfast After the Bell implementation. If funds are to be received, support for that must be noted. In addition, permission to share data should be listed. Letters of support may be submitted using the link at the end of this application.

Fellows will receive $1,000 stipend for successful participation. Travel expenses to Washington, DC required for participation in this fellowship will be covered.

Applicants are required to participate in our introductory webinar (live or recorded version) before applying. The webinar recording may be found here or may be requested by emailing

If you have questions about this fellowship or application, please reach out to or call 202-478-6513.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 9, 2018. Applications are due by midnight (Eastern) on October 8, 2018. Fellows will be announced by October 15, 2018.
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Applicant & School Information
Name *
This fellowship is available to current members of the National Education Association (NEA) who are educators in public schools. Are you a member of the NEA?
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School Name *
School Level *
School District *
City *
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School Setting *
School Demographic and Meal Participation Data
Please work with your school nutrition and administrative staff to report accurate data. Please note: If chosen to participate in this fellowship, you and your school nutrition staff will be required to submit meal participation data monthly.
What is the total student enrollment in your school this school year (2018-2019)? *
What is the number of students in your school that qualify for free meals this school year (2018-2019)? *
What is the number of students in your school that qualify for reduced price meals this school year (2018-2019)? *
Does your school participate in the National School Breakfast Program? *
Does your school participate in Community Eligibility Provision? (CEP allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications *
For the following questions, please report data from October 2017.
Total school enrollment in October 2017 *
Total days of operation in October 2017 *
Total number of free breakfasts served in October 2017 *
Total number of reduced-price breakfasts served in October 2017 *
Total number of paid breakfasts served in October 2017 *
Total number of free lunches served in October 2017 *
Total number of reduced-price lunches served in October 2017 *
Total number of paid lunches served in October 2017 *
Current School Breakfast Model
To complete this section of the application, we encourage you to “walk to breakfast in a student’s shoes." Spend some time in the morning observing (and perhaps discussing) how students spend the morning from the time they arrive at school to the time the start first period. Where does breakfast fit into the morning routine and what stands in the way? Please write a short narrative about your observations. You are welcome to include photos and/or videos to supplement your application. Please consider the questions below in your response. What are mornings like in your school? How do students arrive to school? Where do students enter the building?What time do most students arrive? Where do most students congregate? What do they do? Who supervises students? What is the climate? Where is the cafeteria in relation to where students congregate in the morning? Where, when, and how is breakfast served? What is served (e.g., hot vs. cold meals)? Which and how many students take part in breakfast? What are the attitudes of teachers, students, principals about breakfast? What are the barriers students face when trying to access breakfast?) If you were a student, would it be easy to eat school breakfast? *
Choosing a New Model & Creating a Plan
During this fellowship, we would like you to pilot for a period of time in your own (or one) classroom and then expand to (at least) one additional sector of your school. This expansion might include an entire grade level, a grade band (e.g., PK-2) or academic department, or the entire school. Keeping this in mind, in this section, please describe your rationale for a new breakfast delivery model taking into account the questions below. We will work as a cohort to revise these plans. Nothing you report here is set in stone and will surely evolve if you participate in the fellowship!
Why do you want to implement a Breakfast After the Bell program in your school? Consider the following in your response: What barriers do you observe to students accessing breakfast? What are the problems you see with how breakfast is served? What do you want to change? Speak with your building administrator and school nutrition staff. Share your observations about breakfast delivery and record their feedback. What other factors do they share that are obstacles or solutions to barriers that you raise? Speak with students. How do they feel about school breakfast? Do they know it is available? Do they like it? What are they doing in the morning that competes with eating breakfast? Based on your observations, what might be a better model of breakfast delivery? Where will you reach more students? (Think about: infrastructure considerations? Schedule considerations? See Innovative Breakfast Delivery Options for more information on delivery models.) *
Making a Plan. During the Fellowship, we will develop a plan for implementing a new breakfast model that ensures as many students as possible participate in breakfast. In this section, please share your initial thinking on how you will approach your plan. (You may adjust throughout the fellowship!) Consider the following in your response: What will you do to prepare for Breakfast After the Bell rollout? (Think about: Do you have to build awareness and buy in with the school nutrition team, teachers, principals, parents, custodians, etc.? How will you build buy in? How much time will you need? Will you have to decide on what equipment to buy, train teachers on record keeping, train students on procedures, etc.? See Breakfast in the Classroom Rollout Timeline, Grab and Go to the Classroom Rollout Timeline, and Pre-Implementation Checklist ). Please note: In order to participate in this Fellowship, you must make a plan for making school breakfast part of the instructional day in a way that is accessible to as many students as possible. Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab and Go to the Classroom, and Second Chance Breakfast are all tried and true models. However, if you have another model that you think might work, you are welcome to propose it. The key is that students will be allowed to eat breakfast in a classroom or common area during the instructional day. What is your role in the preparation? What are the roles of other stakeholders? What resources will you use to help you prepare? How much lead-time will you need to prepare? Are the School Nutrition Director, cafeteria staff, building administrators, other teachers and education staff, and custodians on board? (*Note with your application, you will need to submit a letter of support from the School Nutrition Director and your building administrator.) *
What is your timeline? When do you plan to implement a small pilot? When and how will you/could you scale up? (Note: Applications are due by October 8, 2018 and decisions made by October 15, 2018. If you submit a request for funds, any approved funds will be dispersed by the mid-December, 2018.) *
Budget: What funding for equipment, materials, marketing, and incentives will you need? Please work with your School Nutrition Team and School Administration to propose a budget of up to $3,000. Please see Equipment Tips for more guidance. Also note that this is something that we can help you develop/fine-tune throughout the fellowship. *
Sharing Your Work and Empowering Others
One key goal of this fellowship is to develop educators’ leadership voice. In order to do that, fellows will create a plan to report on their BAB implementation project and advocate for others to expand BAB. Fellows will choose an option from each of the categories below during their experience. (One option from report on your work and one from advocate for BAB expansion). We will spend time creating a plan to report on and advocate for expanding your work during our meetings. During the fellowship, you may change your selection(s) or propose a new one as your work evolves.
Report on Your Work: Please select which method you will use to report on your work. (Choose at least one) *
Advocate for BAB Expansion: Please select which method you will use to advocate for BAB expansion. (Choose at least one) *
We will have a fellowship kickoff meeting in Washington D.C. this fall. Which of the following dates would work for you? (Please select all that apply.)
Please email a letter of support from your building administrator, school nutrition director, and local association president to This letter of support should include acknowledgement of any logistical changes that might occur, agree to sharing data, agree to receive funds (if seeking), and support your participation in the fellowship. Did you email your letters of support? *
Please share any other information you think would be helpful in considering your application. If you would like to send any other files in support of your application, please send them to
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