Breakfast

Healthy Kids for Breakfast Grant

Why Universal Breakfast?                     

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the most underserved from both federal and state standpoints. Despite the fact studies have proven breakfast's importance as a key to overall health and improved academic performance, we do not do enough to ensure our children have access to breakfast every single day.

Of the nearly 20 million children that participate in the National School Lunch Program classified as free and reduced status, only 47.2 percent also participate in breakfast. Though breakfast is served at 87% of the nation's schools, it is a program that suffers primarily because it is not mandated to be scheduled as part of the school day. Breakfast suffers lack of time, lack of marketing, lack of parent knowledge and lack of equipment and space.

With over 17 million households classified as food insecure children's guaranteed access to breakfast at school is the gateway our nation needs to combat hunger and give our most at risk population the chance they deserve to live a healthier life. If we are to overcome these challenges we need to close the nutrition gap and ensure that every child every day eats healthy and delicious food in schools. 

2011 Proposed USDA Regulations for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs

Proposed rule for nutrition standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

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Healthier School Meals: A Summary of the New USDA Standards for School Breakfast and Lunch

Details of the the New USDA Standards for School Breakfast and Lunch.
By FRAC http://frac.org

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Healthy Breakfast-4-Kids Grant Report

The Healthy Breakfast-4-Kids (HB4K) goal is to create and improve access to breakfast in schools nationwide as a means to lessen the huge negative impact of hungry children across our nation. In 2012, Food Family Farming Foundation (F3) and Walmart Foundation partnered to grant 117 $2,500 equipment grants to high needs schools for the purpose of assisting in the successful establishment of universal breakfast in the classroom programs. Grant awardees were able to order $2,500 worth of food service smallwares or equipment to implement breakfast in the classroom via an online order with our partner Tundra Restaurant Supply. As part of the grant program, F3 created universal breakfast implementation resources available to all schools via our program, The Lunch Box.

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Impact of School Breakfast on Children's Health and Learning

A comprehensive picture of the exceptional value of the school breakfast program.
Dr. J. Larry Brown, Harvard School of Public Health
Dr. William H. Beardslee, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Harvard School of Public Health
Commissioned by the Sodexo Foundation

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New Healthier School Meal Standards: What You Need to Know (2/2/12)

Food Research & Action Center and United States Department of Agriculture Webinar Outline:
"CNR Putting the Act into Action."

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North Caroline Guide to School Breakfast: Breakfast is Brain Fuel

The North Carolina Nutrition Education and Training (NET) Program was asked by the North Carolina
Department of Public Instruction, Child Nutrition Services to develop a school breakfast promotional
toolkit tailored for North Carolina offering resources to:
-Educate students, families and school staff about the importance and benefits of breakfast
-Encourage students to eat breakfast
-Gain support from school administrators, teachers and other staff for school breakfast
-Encourage students and families to take advantage of school breakfast
-Support the health and academic success of students and the needs of the school administrators,
staff and families

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Offer vs. Serve Breakfast Poster (Elementary) - What does yours look like?

The new breakfast regulations means new menus and cafeteria signage. Help your students understand a reimbursable, complete meal with colorful posters on the food line. Keep in mind the following:

-Visuals are the best way to understanding. Pictures speak volumes.
-Large and in charge. Make sure to put front and center. The larger the poster size the better.

Here is an example of an elementary poster from the Boulder Valley School District.

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Offer vs. Serve Breakfast Poster (Secondary) – What does yours look like?

The new breakfast regulations mean new menus, and correct cafeteria signage. Help your students understand a reimbursable, complete meal with colorful posters on the food line. Keep in mind the following:

-Visuals are the best way to understanding. Pictures speak volumes.
-Large and in charge. Make sure to put front and center. The larger the poster size the better.

Here is an example of a secondary poster from the Boulder Valley School District.

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Q & A on the Final Rule, "Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs" (1/25/12)

Memo to Nutrition Directors for 2012 Nutrition Standards Programs.

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School Breakfast 101 from Wisconsin School Breakfast

A great fact sheet on School Breakfasts

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