Start Smart Utah

Start Smart Utah is an initiative to promote and expand the availability of breakfast for Utah’s children. This initiative has been pushed to the forefront by recent legislation passed by Utah’s Congress. The Utah Breakfast Expansion Team advocates for accessible breakfast for children as the main goal and creating partnerships and empowering community leaders, school leadership, educators, and parents. With accessible breakfast to fuel kids, we fuel their learning.

The Breakfast Bills

In Utah’s 2020 legislative session, bills were passed into law to promote the access of breakfast meals to children. Breakfast programs need funding, which is why House Bill 0016 (HB 016) was amended so State funds could be utilized in supporting breakfast programs. The passing of House Bill (HB 222) requires breakfast programs in all schools. Additionally, it requires schools over a succession of three years to provide an alternative breakfast service style. This means students have more opportunities to make up for a missed breakfast to fuel their day for learning.

How schools start smart

Implementation of a Start Smart Breakfast program requires team effort to be successful. With the support and active roles of key stakeholders such as administration, teachers, school food directors, and parents, students can have access to a nutritious breakfast everyday.

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Alternative breakfast styles refer to any breakfast style of service served after the bell when the school day begins. Any school can apply an alternative breakfast style to their meal service, however schools with a free and reduced population percentage of 70%, 50%, and 30% will be required to offer an alternative breakfast style over the next three school years consecutively.


Breakfast is offered to all students in the classroom when the school day starts. It’s a great way to ensure students fill their stomach and helps to ready their minds. While students settle in the first 10-15 minutes of their day, a balanced breakfast can help to start the day off right.


In addition to traditional breakfast service, breakfast is offered between the 1st and 2nd periods. Students are offered a meal via Grab n' Go or cafeteria service to eat during their break before resuming learning.


After the bell, breakfast is served from one or more central locations and consumed in the classroom or a common area. This can be used in conjunction with other alternative breakfast styles mentioned above. This is a great service style for middle and high school aged students.


Additionally, universal breakfast is a helpful addition to any breakfast model, as it removes the financial barriers students. Universal breakfast is when breakfast is offered to all students at no cost. Schools continue to claim federal reimbursement in the correct category for any student participating in the breakfast program. Offering breakfast at no cost generally increases breakfast participation, and removes stigma lower-income students often face when they eat breakfast at school.

Grant Opportunities

Apply for an amazing school nutrition grant opportunity from No Kid Hungry. With this grant, districts and schools can maximize their child nutrition programs and other emergency food programs to ensure children and families have access to healthy meals at school and at home.

Brain on Breakfast

When students get breakfast, students benefit! See the researched benefits of breakfast.

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