Breakfast = Brain Power
Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for families to find time for a healthy breakfast. To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, many Iowa schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week from March 7-11.
The theme of the week is “Wake Up to School Breakfast,” which reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for students.
Iowa schools serve approximately 2 million school breakfast meals monthly, in comparison to serving 7.4 million school lunches. Several school districts, including Marshalltown, Mason City, Des Moines, and Oskaloosa, are finding that more children start the day with school breakfast when they move it out of the cafeteria or after the first bell, making it an integral part of the school day. Breakfast is served where students can easily access the meal, in the classroom, from hallway kiosks, or even later in the morning.
National School Breakfast Week events across the state will 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. As one example, Odebolt-Arthur and Battle Creek-Ida Grove (OABCIG) will hold an elementary level coloring contest, a “Breakfast is Brain Fuel” poster contest for the middle school, and a free breakfast day for the high school students on March 11. Students and staff are invited to bring a friend to eat school breakfast with them.
“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education they can,” said Mary Renze, OABCIG food service director. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy and appealing choices we offer.”
For more information about school breakfast programs, visit your local school district website, or the School Breakfast Program webpage at the Iowa Department of Education.