Make the Grade with School Breakfast
Nothing revs your engine quite like a healthy breakfast in the morning. School leaders around the country are getting the message: Students are more alert and focused, and perform better in school when they start the day with breakfast.
There are many ways to serve breakfast at school – what’s important is that kids get the healthy fuel they need for their bodies and minds to grow. As we celebrate National School Breakfast Week, we’d like to share a few examples of the creative ways schools around the country are making school breakfast a priority so their students are ready to learn.
The school champions who commit to serving breakfast at school juggle bus and class schedules, staff buy-in, funding, and student taste preferences to find what works best for their unique population. There’s one thing they can all agree about: Making time for breakfast is well worth the effort!
Get ideas for how your own school or district can make the grade with school breakfast from the school breakfast rock stars below:
- “Breakfast in the Classroom” works in California: To combat tight schedules in the morning, Robert Lewis, food service director for El Monte School District, started a district-wide "Breakfast in the Classroom" program for elementary schools. Before the program, he had a 30 percent participation rate; now more than 90 percent of his students are getting a healthy breakfast at school.
- “Second Chance Breakfast” thrives in Kansas: Director of Nutrition Services Connie Vogts of Liberal School District started “Second Chance Breakfast” between the first and second hours of school to cater to students who may not be hungry first thing in the morning. Not only did overall participation increase, but the number of paid meals increased 10-fold, indicating that Liberal High School is reaching a new group of students that hadn’t previously eaten breakfast at school.
- Breakfast becomes a family affair in Illinois: Namaste Charter School in Chicago hosts morning workshops called Friday Family Breakfast where parents and kids eat a healthy breakfast together, such as a breakfast burrito with a whole wheat tortilla, and have a short nutrition lesson. Attendees take the recipe home and are encouraged to try cooking it with their families.
Feeling inspired? Keep the momentum going by checking out our two- to four-week cycle menus for breakfast to build a meal plan that offers students healthy options and meets national nutrition standards. All recipes are kid-tested and Alliance-approved!
And don’t take our word for it. Read more about how school breakfast is helping students nationwide make the grade.