Getting More Barnegat Students to Start the Day With Breakfast
Breakfast starts the school day off with health and energy, and recognizing that, the Barnegat Township School District took the “School Breakfast Challenge” March 6-10 and encouraged families to choose breakfast at school.
“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education they can,” said Karen Wood, district superintendent.
Busy weekday mornings are making it a challenge for families to find time for a healthful breakfast at home, say the organizers of school breakfast programs. On the plus side, U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows that more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias.
“National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy and appealing choices we offer,” Wood said.
The district serves over 436 breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program.
School nutrition professionals in Barnegat prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories and sodium – and encourage students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals, Wood said.
“The National School Breakfast Week campaign theme, ‘School Breakfast Challenge,’ reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for students. Students will be encouraged to ‘Take the Challenge’ from March 6-10 with special menus, decorations, cafeteria events, and more.”
With delicious featured menu items such as blended fruit smoothies and yogurt fruit parfaits, it should be easy to advance through another promotion, the “Take The School Breakfast Punch Card" challenge.
Students receive one punch on their card each day when they purchase at least one breakfast item. The goal is to get all five punches throughout the week to become eligible to win a prize.
It was in 1989 that National School Breakfast Week was launched. The object was “to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program to all children and to promote the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles.”
The “Take the School Breakfast Challenge” is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association, Kellogg’s and Potatoes USA. —M.S.