Get more students to eat school breakfast before or during class by delivering it to the classroom.
This is a proven way to get more students to eat breakfast which can help them do better in school; and it can be done without taking away from learning.
Growing school breakfast participation, School Nutrition Association, 2011. Retrieved from http://www.schoolnutrition.org/uploadedFiles/School_Nutrition/102_ResourceCenter/ResearchingSNIndustry/Research_by_Topic/GrowingBreakfast.pdf
Instructional time and breakfast in the classroom fact sheet. Food Research and Action Center. 2010. Retrieved from http://frac.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/bic_instruction_time_factsheet.pdf.
- Huddle up with the School Nutrition Manager/staff (like those who work in your cafeteria) to help with food selections, cost management and preparation; the Principal to give your plan a thumbs up; Teachers to support the plan; Custodians to help plan an efficient clean-up system; and Students to help with food selection and delivery to classrooms.
- Making your case: It’s important to convince teachers and administrators that Breakfast in the Classroom won’t disrupt the day. Consider making presentations to get teachers on board, or convince several teachers to test pilot the program and then share how it went with other teachers. To make it easier, use the research about the program’s value found below in Tools and Resources. There is also information there for your School Nutrition Professionals about ways to make breakfast free for all students, which has been shown to dramatically increase participation.
- Plan your menu. Work with your School Nutrition Professionals to create a menu of delicious, low-cost, nutrient-rich breakfast choices that are easy to package and transport to classrooms. Include low-fat or fat-free dairy foods, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Consider inviting a local farmer to visit your school and join in student taste tests of the foods you are considering for the menu. This Farm to School Play can help.
- Get organized: Make a plan using lunch carts, borrowing media carts from the library and getting donations of insulated bags that can be delivered right to classrooms. Recruit a local grocery store, farm or restaurant that may be willing to provide donations. Put together a breakfast team of students who can help deliver the food.
- Get the word out: Create posters to put up in high-traffic areas, distribute flyers in classrooms and advertise your program during morning announcements. Get the word out on your school’s website, blog or in your school’s eNewsletter. Consider promotional activities like those found in the Healthy Eating Play “A Hero’s Breakfast,” where you invite local celebrities to visit classrooms during breakfast to reinforce the message that breakfast is fun and important.