School Breakfast is Served
by Jenny Hubble
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Why? Research shows that when kids eat breakfast they have higher test scores, improved daily attendance and better class participation.
School breakfast is a convenient and nutritious option for busy families or kids who don’t feel hungry as soon as they wake up. It’s available to all students regardless of socio-economic background and is a great nutritional value!
Breakfast can be served at school in a variety of ways. Proven strategies to increase breakfast consumption include:
Breakfast in the Cafeteria — Breakfast is served and eaten in the cafeteria. A variety of hot and cold menu items can be offered so students get a healthy start to their day.
Breakfast in the Classroom — Students eat together in the classroom and breakfast is delivered by the nutrition staff, students and/or volunteers.
Grab ‘n’ Go Breakfast — Students pick up breakfast when they arrive at school and it is served in a variety of high-traffic areas such as the cafeteria, hall or entry ways.
Second Chance Breakfast — Students get breakfast during a break in the morning after first period or mid-way between breakfast and lunch, similar to Grab ‘n Go.
School breakfast programs are important and may positively impact children’s nutrition and learning. You can support the breakfast initiative by making breakfast a priority in your homes and school!