Busy weekday mornings often prevent families from having a healthy breakfast before heading out the door. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows a steady increase in the number of students having a nutritious breakfast in the school cafeteria.
The School Breakfast Program currently serves more than 14 million students every day nationwide. 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. Schools will offer special menus, cafeteria events, and more to encourage student participation and enthusiasm for “I Heart School Breakfast”.
The LCSD 55 Student Nutrition Department will provide special giveaways to students who participate in the breakfast program during the weeklong celebration.
“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day helps students focus on the tasks of the day and is proven to aid in academic performance,” said Wanda Knight, LCSD 55 Director of Student Nutrition Services. “National School Breakfast Week provides an opportunity to share with parents and students about the healthy, great tasting, and appealing choices we offer.”
Knight noted that LCSD 55 serves over 3,600 breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals in LCSD 55 prepare breakfasts and lunches that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories, and sodium – while encouraging students to choose from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains offered with school meals.
“Our goal is to provide every student a healthy breakfast at no cost every day,” said Knight.