What We Do

  • The Need for Books & Breakfast

    More than 750 Evanston students qualify for free or reduced lunch, but do not attend schools that benefit from Title 1 funding or school-based programs. This reflects the lack of supplemental resources in our schools for 47% of all elementary students with financial need. Books & Breakfast works to fill this gap.
  • What do the teachers say ...

    "Anytime you walk into Books and Breakfast, the room is buzzing with excitement of kids and adults who are all happy to be there. As a teacher, I feel thankful that my students have the chance to go to Books and Breakfast each morning and start their day feeling a part of such a special, loving community."
    - Stacey Rosenberg, Dewey School Teacher
  • Books and Breakfast Summer Program

    With the help of generous funders and a partnership with the YWCA, for the past 2 years B&B students have been able to participate in the B&B Summer Book Club and the B&B Summer Swim. In the Summer of 2015, 55 students participated and over 1,000 books were mailed to B&B students at 2 week intervals throughout the summer.
  • Build Community

    Books & Breakfast grows community partnerships with Northwestern University's Buffett Institute, the YWCA and other local non-profits; advocating for greater student resources within District 65.
Currently hundreds of Evanston students do not have access to a morning meal or homework help in their local school.

Books & Breakfast started over 30 years ago when parents and school leaders at an Evanston elementary school recognized a need for breakfast and decided to act. At Dewey Elementary, Books & Breakfast began in the early 1990’s and lasted for over 20 years through volunteer efforts alone. Faced with dwindling volunteer support in 2012, a decision was made not to cut the program but to reinvent it. In addition to the morning meal, Books & Breakfast made a commitment to providing a daily academic boost from caring and supportive tutors. In order to sustain this new level of holistic supports, Books & Breakfast became an independent non-proft in July of 2013. 


Education + Nutrition

A typical day at the reinvented B&B program usually includes a good morning hug, a healthy meal, time with an individual tutor and the reward of game time. Books & Breakfast is expanding our work to impact more of the students who need it the most. Just as it began 30 years ago, it remains a community effort.

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A protein source such as a hard-boiled egg or oatmeal are served daily.
Non-sugared cereal or a whole wheat bagel with fruit are the preference for some.
Fresh milk is served daily.
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  • A protein source such as a hard-boiled egg or oatmeal are served daily.
  • Non-sugared cereal or a whole wheat bagel with fruit are the preference for some.
  • Fresh milk is served daily.
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Books and Breakfast
At-a-Glance


Each morning, with the help from our volunteers we offer a source of protein, multiple fresh fruit options and low sugar cereals.

Hard-boiled eggs, oatmeal with fruit and whole-wheat bagels are just some of the options on the menu.

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Books & Breakfast is expanding our work to reach more of the students who need it most.  Just as it began 30 years ago, it remains a community effort.  Be a volunteer and share your passions and talents.  Make a donation and support the students.  Be a community or corporate partner and share your resources.  Be an advocate for more student resources.
 It's up to you - how will you make a difference?