Getting More Students to Blast Off with Breakfast

Getting More Students to Blast Off with Breakfast
Posted on 02/25/2020
Male student stading at lunch line with a soft taco shell and cheese.

To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, The School District of Lee County will celebrate National School Breakfast Week during March 2nd through the 6th.

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

The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “Out of This World,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. School nutrition professionals and students will be encouraged to show their enthusiasm for school breakfast from March 2-6 as the district celebrates with special menus, cafeteria events, and more. Lee County has partnered with General Mills to bring an “Out of This World” dining experience to students. For National School Breakfast Week, all students will be offered five brand new breakfast items at school.

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is a great way to ensure students get the best education they can,” said Lauren Couchois, Director of Food and Nutrition Services. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy, great tasting, and appealing choices we offer.”

The district serves approximately 30,000 breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals in Lee 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.

Parents and students can follow the fun on Facebook.com/TrayTalk using the hashtag #NSBW20.

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 childcare institutions since 1975.