Resources for Meal Providers

Breakfast After the Bell

Breakfast After the Bell is a best practice to ensure all kids are nourished and ready to learn. Download our toolkit to learn more about this program and get materials to share with folks in your school community. The toolkit includes quick facts, testimonials, and resources for:


School Meals for All


School Meal Benefit Form Outreach Toolkits

Even though school meals are now free for all Maine students, families still need to fill out and return School Meal Benefit Forms to determine eligibility for extra grocery benefits and funding for their school. We need your help spreading the word!

Use the materials in our ready-to-use and customizable toolkits to get the word out to families in your community that filling out a School Meal Benefit Form is more important than ever.


Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) & Provision 2

CEP allows schools in high-poverty areas to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students. Schools are CEP-eligible if their identified student percentage (ISP), the percentage of students directly certified for free meals, is at least 40%.

Special Provision 2 is a four-year program that allows any school to serve universal free breakfast and lunch for 3 years while only collecting school meal benefit applications for the first year.

Learn more on the Maine DOE website or contact Child Nutrition Specialist David Hartley at david.hartley@maine.gov.


P-EBT

Eligible kids who fill out a School Meal Benefit Form can receive P-EBT benefits for extra help on groceries. Check out our P-EBT Quick Facts or visit the Maine DHHS website for information about this program and eligibility criteria.


Programmatic Support

With six decades of combined experience in school food service, our child nutrition consultants Chris and Lynnette have since retired and are passionate about helping current meal providers navigate child nutrition programs. They are eager to connect you to resources, troubleshoot problems or concerns, and provide on-the-ground support to improve program effectiveness and sustainability. Use the form below or email them at consultants@fullplates.org to get in touch!