When all the delicious meals were served, the dishes were done, and all the scores were added, these schools’ scores pushed them to the top!

600 Students or Less

600 Students or More

Congrats to all our participants for trying something new, engaging with students, and helping more kids get the food they need. Be sure to share thanks and acknowledgement of just how important this work is with all the school nutrition staff that supported these efforts!

Read more about the challenge and see pictures of this great work on our blog!

The challenge launched Feb. 1, 2024 and these 26 schools signed up to compete!

  • Anselmo Merna Public School
  • Burke High School, Omaha
  • Cedar Bluffs Public Schools
  • Centennial Public School
  • Crawford High School
  • DC West Elementary
  • DC West High School
  • DC West Middle School
  • Dundy County Stratton Schools
  • Giltner Public School 
  • Grant Elementary, Norfolk
  • Humphrey Public Schools
  • Huntington Elementary, Lincoln
  • Indian Hill Elementary, Omaha
  • Litchfield Public School
  • Loup City High School
  • Minne Lusa Elementary, Omaha
  • Paxton Consolidated Schools
  • Pleasanton Public School
  • Prairie View Elementary, Ogallala
  • Seward High School
  • Seward Middle School
  • Sutherland Public Schools
  • West Lincoln Elementary, Lincoln
  • Wood River Elementary
  • Wood River High Schoo

Get Started

Challenge Started: February 1, 2024

Challenge Ended: February 23, 2024

Challenge Rules: Any school participating in the USDA School Breakfast Program is eligible to participate in the challenge and win prizes. Winners will be determined based on points earned for breakfast activities detailed on the Breakfast Challenge Scorecard. Completed Scorecards must be submitted by March 1, 2024.

Prizes and Recognition

Participating schools will be divided into two groups based on school size: under 600 and 600+. Both groups will have 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners that get a cash prize! The funds awarded must be used for School Nutrition Programs or nutrition education purposes; restrictions apply. Guidance on allowable and unallowable costs will be provided to Breakfast Challenge winners. 

  • 🥇 1st Place: $750
  • 🥈 2nd Place: $300
  • 🥉 3rd Place: $200


To learn more about the Nebraska Breakfast Challenge, please contact the Nebraska SNAC facilitator, Eric at esavaiano@neappleseed.org.

Ready-to-Use Resources

GoBigBreakfast Nebraska School Breakfast Playbook

Everything you need to know to implement an alternative school breakfast model in your school or district. Get answers to common questions, tips and timelines, and great examples from right here in Nebraska.

Making Breakfast a Part of the School Day (alternative models)

Easily review and compare common alternative breakfast model options like Grab and Go, Second Chance Breakfast, and Breakfast in the Classroom. Find details of how they look in practice as well as keys to successful implementation.

Address Concerns with Alternative Models with Myth Busting

Shed light on the most common myths that persist about Breakfast After the Bell, including that it takes away from instructional time and that it causes messes in the classroom.

Offering Free Breakfast to All Students (free options)

Easily review and compare universal free meal options like the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), Provision 2, and non-pricing. See eligibility, as well as positives (many) and challenges.

NE SNAC logo

Nebraska SNAC is here to ensure every child in Nebraska gets the food they need to learn and grow. Visit our website to find more resources including district-specific participation and equity profiles. 

Also visit our breakfast-specific site GoBigBreakfast.org to find ways to help students start their day with a win with school breakfast!