Set up an inviting breakfast picnic area that students can visit before school or between periods. Choose a convenient location and offer nutritious and tasty choices that can encourage students to make healthy choices throughout the day.
- Work with your school nutrition professionals to create a menu of nutrient-rich breakfast food choices. Offer conveniently packed and easy-to-grab foods that include nutrient-rich selections from the five food groups, especially fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy foods.
- Work with your principal to choose a location outside the cafeteria for your Breakfast Picnic. Consider locations that are convenient for everyone and have a wide open area, such as a lobby, outside the gym, outside the front doors, a courtyard or an area of the lawn. Discuss what time(s) of day your picnic will be available. Before school? Mid-morning?
- Solicit donations of food, picnic tables, paper goods and more from local businesses. Also consider asking local community organizations and parent groups to help staff your picnic. Use the Tools and Resources below to help you plan.
- Spread the word about the Breakfast Picnic. Create posters to put up in high-traffic areas, distribute flyers in classrooms, make morning announcements and advertise your program in the school newsletter. Encourage everyone at your school to make healthy eating choices in the morning – every morning.