The Eos Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation committed to promoting an equitable and just society where the basic human needs of all individuals are met, and where children grow up well-nourished, healthy, and with opportunities for high-quality education and the tools to achieve economic self-sufficiency.
To that end, the foundation is accepting applications from Massachusetts schools/districts and charter public schools to its After the Bell, Breakfast in the Classroom grant program, which aims to combat childhood hunger and improve student learning by funding ATB BIC programming in high-poverty schools and districts in the state.
ATB BIC is proven to increase access in and participation in school breakfast. Benefits of the program include lower rates of absenteeism and tardiness, fewer morning nurses visits and behavioral problems, and higher academic achievement. The majority of Massachusetts schools operating ATB BIC maintain 80 percent or more participation rates, drawing down USDA reimbursements that sustain the program beyond grants from private funders like Eos.
Through the program, Eos will provide one-time grants up to $10,000 to eligible Massachusetts schools/districts and charter public schools interested in making breakfast part of their school day, either by launching or expanding ATB BIC programming.
Grant amounts are based on school enrollment: 1) $5,000 for up to 300 students; 2) $7,500 for between 301 and 600 students; and $10,000 for between 601 or more students.
See the Eos Foundation website for complete program guideline and application instructions.