Getting More Students to Blast Off with Breakfast
“Out of This World” Campaign Encourages [District] Families to Choose Breakfast at School
March 2-6th, 2020 – To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, Renwick schools will celebrate National School Breakfast Week during March 2-6, 2020.
Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, US Department of Agriculture data show that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. The USDA School Breakfast Program currently serves more than 14 million students every day. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to:
- Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math
- Score higher on standardized tests
- Have better concentration and memory
- Be more alert
- Maintain a healthy weight
The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “Out of This World,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. School nutrition professionals and students will be encouraged to show their enthusiasm for school breakfast from March 2-6 as the district celebrates with special menus, cafeteria events, and more.
“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is a great way to ensure students get the best education they can,” said Heidi Wells, School Foodservice Director. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy, great tasting, and appealing choices we offer.”
The district serves over 200 breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals in [District] prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories and sodium – while encouraging students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.
Our School Breakfast Week menu will feature some student favorites, along with the addition of 2 new menu items. Chef’s Choice day on March 4th will feature a new main entree created by the kitchen staff at each school, and students/staff won’t want to miss them! Then, on March 5th, we will roll out a banana yogurt parfait. This is a nutritious breakfast spin off the classic banan split dessert where we replace ice cream with low-fat vanilla yogurt, banana halves, fresh fruit instead of fruit flavored toppings, and granola instead of nuts. Its sure to be a hit!
The “Out of This World” campaign is made possible by the School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s®.
Parents and students can follow the fun on Facebook.com/TrayTalk using the hashtag #NSBW20.
For more information about Renwick meals, visit our Facebook page @USD267NutritionWellness or www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.
About National School Breakfast Week: National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program, a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions since 1975