Better Breakfast, Better Day
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. As children, we all heard our moms and dads spouting this wisdom day in and day out. And, like so many other things in life, they were right!
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Leaders of national organizations tell us why and how to take action.
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As we celebrate National School Breakfast Week, the Alliance would like to recognize the many schools across the country that are making this long-standing morning routine a priority, delivering healthy and nutritious meals each morning so their students can start their day ready to learn.
The school nutrition professionals who make it happen often have to overcome challenges such as schedules, budgets and student participation. But they succeed—school communities become energized and prove that by working together, making healthy changes is possible and the rewards are rich!
So, how do they do it?
- How do jammed school schedules fit in more time for their students to actually eat breakfast in the morning? The nutrition staff in Mingo County, WV got creative, moving breakfast time to after first period and giving students a chance to refuel and socialize in between classes. Their student attendance increased and behavior issues decreased. What a difference an extra 15 minutes can make in a day!
- Budget is a topic always on the minds of schools and particularly cafeterias today. You may be surprised to learn how Florida’s Palm Beach County school district leaders took the bold move of making breakfast free for all students. It started as a few schools testing out the model, and today all schools are participating in the program. Now that is a smart move.
- Student participation can make or break a school breakfast program. Wayne County High School in Monicello, KY met student needs by creating a grab n go express breakfast kiosk and adding a “second chance” option in case students aren’t ready to eat first thing in the morning. Participation soared from 35 to 70 percent!
Sample breakfast menus for schools. You may have heard that new nutrition guidelines are in place for school meals, and that includes breakfast. We teamed up with the School Nutrition Association to deliver plug-and-play breakfast menus to fit a variety of operation styles – grab-and-go, cafeteria and breakfast in the classroom.