BIC Organizing Action Kit & 2013 Survey Results

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March 19, 2014

Wealthiest LA schools may be allowed to opt out of breakfast in the classroom

KPCC | Annie Gilbertson | March 19th, 2014, 12:40pm |

The head of the Los Angeles Unified School District's food services division is recommending administrators allow schools in the most affluent neighborhoods to opt out of its "breakfast in the classroom" program, according to an internal memo obtained by KPCC. read more ...

Poorly planned BIC continues
to waste instructional time, food

Unfortunately, because of poor planning and execution by the District, the LAUSD Breakfast in the Classroom program has, at many schools, resulted in the inefficient (often wasteful) delivery of meals to students, while creating unsanitary conditions in classrooms and major daily losses of precious instructional time.

This BIC Organizing Action Kit has been developed by UTLA officers and other leaders in order to provide you with the the information needed to respond on a citywide level to the problems that BIC implementation has fostered at many schools. 

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UTLA 2013 BIC Survey Summary

| watch our 2013 BIC video |

UTLA implemented an eight-question member survey in March 2013 regarding the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Breakfast in the Classroom program, which rolled out in schools in November 2011. BIC has been implemented in 274 schools with plans to expand to 676 K-12 schools.

The purpose of the survey was to determine how effective the BIC program is and the direct impact it has on students and the teachers who serve breakfast in the classroom. (Click on the graph to view survey stats.)

UTLA2013 BIC Question GraphsKey Findings:

  • 52% saw an increase in bugs and rodents in the classroom;
  • 78% say BIC takes longer than 10 minutes (allotted by the District), which cuts into instructional time;
  • 53% would support BIC if time and sanitation issues are resolved;
  • 88% support breakfast for students as long as it is served in the cafeteria, not the classroom.

In the comments section of the survey (question 8), many teachers told us their students do not like the food and it is being wasted. Teachers also report that the breakfast foods served are loaded with sugar and carbohydrates, and most foods labels are missing from the packaging. They are concerned that the food is not nutritious. Teachers also commented about receiving expired food, spoiled milk and rotten fruit from kitchen services.

Some BIC comments

During the past month teachers also shared photos that illustrate their concerns about BIC. 

UTLA’s survey did find some supporters of the BIC program. (Click on the comment chalkboard image to read some of the comments.)


Our online survey began March 7, 2013, and remained open until midnight on March 22, 2013. During this 15-day period, we had 729 respondents complete the survey. Our target audience was UTLA members who had experienced the BIC program in their classroom.