Getting More Students to Begin their Day with Breakfast
Published by Laurie Pender on March 5, 2018
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Image of cartoon characters including milk carton, banana, pear, and waffle.To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, Cumberland County schools will celebrate National School Breakfast Week during March 5-9, 2018.

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, US Department of Agriculture data shows that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. The 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 math
  • Score higher on standardized tests
  • Have better concentration, memory, and alertness
  • Have improved attendance, behavior, and academic performance
  • Maintain a healthy weight

The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “I Heart School Breakfast”, reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. Students will be encouraged to show their enthusiasm for “I Heart School Breakfast” from March 5-9 with special menus, cafeteria events, and more.

“A nutritious breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are ready to learn at the start of their school day,” said Beth Maynard, Executive Director of Child Nutrition Services. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the nutritious and appealing choices we offer in our school cafeterias.” The district serves over 17,000 breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program.  School nutrition professionals in Cumberland County 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.”

The “I Heart School Breakfast” campaign is made possible by the School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s®.

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. 

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