Studies have shown feeding children a nutritious breakfast increases their school performance, nutrition intake and overall health while decreasing obesity, discipline problems and illnesses. Financially, adding a school breakfast program creates an additional revenue stream, increases jobs and brings outside capital into a community.
Expanding Breakfast Options – 100 Percent Participation
100 percent participation can be reached by changing expectations. Instead of assuming children will eat breakfast at home, some schools expect and encourage children to eat together at school, just as they do for lunch. Options include:
- Breakfast in the Classroom – All students eat together in the classroom, eliminating the stigma of breakfast. By expanding breakfast to encompass more students, districts also reap the benefits of additional federal dollars in reimbursement.
- Second Chance Breakfast – This option works best for middle and high schools. Breakfast lines can be opened during passing periods or schools can set aside homeroom time for breakfast service to the classrooms.
- Grab 'n' Go Breakfast – Provides convenient meal option in single, attractive packaging. Students can take their meals to eat in the classroom or throughout the campus.
- Universal Free Breakfast – A universally free breakfast program offers breakfast to all students at no cost, assuming that federal and state reimbursements will cover every student’s meal expense. Schools with a high free and reduced population may benefit financially from serving a universally free breakfast.
We all know that eating breakfast every morning helps students begin their day on the right track. Too often, students skip breakfast. By implementing Breakfast in the Classroom at select schools in Crowley ISD, we are able to offer free breakfast to all students before they begin their school day. Breakfast in the Classroom has empowered our students and improved their overall concentration, behavior, and academic performance. Absentees and tardiness have decreased and, in turn, participation at breakfast has increased. Our Dairy MAX grant got our program off to a great start and minimized the financial start-up costs for the district.
Crowley ISD, Crowley, TX