Type of Play: Healthy Eating
Subcategory: Bring on Breakfast
Student Interest Areas: Community Service, Culinary
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Level of Involvement: Going Further
Promote healthy breakfast choices by hosting a monthly “hero’s breakfast” for invited community heroes or celebrities, such as firefighters, policemen, good Samaritans, sports figures or other personalities. Encourage more students in your school to enjoy breakfast regularly and get a good start in the morning!
- Help select the best day to hold a monthly breakfast event
- Identify and invite local heroes and celebrities
- Create invitations
- Provide input on the breakfast menu working with school nutrition professionals
- Solicit community donations
- Prepare and distribute handouts
- Promote the event among students and staff
- Highlight your “hero’s” healthy breakfast choices on your school's menu!
- Host your “hero’s” healthy breakfast on a monthly basis!
Keep It Going:
- Work with students, teachers, school nutritional professionals and the principal to identify the best day of the month to host a community breakfast. For example, space might be available on the second Monday of each month.
- Identify local heroes and celebrities in your community. Create an invitation that will be sent to breakfast invitees. Keep in mind that many invitees will need plenty of advance notice in order to attend, so you’ll want to line up your guests for several months in advance.
- In your invitation, ask invitees to share with the community their favorite healthy breakfast choices. In advance, provide heroes with brief information about the program’s goals, what is being served at the breakfast and why these foods are healthy choices.
- Promote the breakfast event to students and school staff. The goal of this program is to encourage more students to enjoy a well-balanced, nutrient-rich breakfast, so advertise the event with posters, flyers and announcements.
- Working with your school nutrition professionals, prepare a breakfast menu that includes a variety of delicious and nutritious choices, including low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein foods. Local grocery stores or school food vendors might be willing to provide food samples and ideas.
- Check out the Tools and Resources below for ideas on getting help from the community and local businesses and information sheets you can share.