SN Magazine: March 2020

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School Nutrition: Breakfast’s Big Impact

March 2020 Issue of School Nutrition Magazine
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When it first started as a pilot initiative in 1966, the School Breakfast Program fed 80,000 children. These days, a whopping 14.7 million students eat school breakfast—but unfortunately that’s less than half of the students enjoying reimbursable school lunches. Whether it’s served in the classroom, before the bell or in between periods, breakfast programs help students: A child who eats breakfast is more likely to perform better at school and be more willing to participate in the classroom. Breakfast is a win-win for everyone! But school breakfast programs can contribute valuable educational experiences that go far beyond academics— advancing a student’s social and emotional learning (SEL).

So, what’s on the morning menu? Bagels, juices, pre-packaged breakfast entrées and snack items are often featured on school breakfast menus—because K-12 foodservice programs often rely on some processed foods for easy and quick menu options. However, discover how your menus can benefit from adding scratch- or quick-scratch cooked items to give them a bit of a refresh. Whether you include these items daily, monthly or on special occasions, here are nearly 20 restaurant-worthy breakfast items that will excite your student customers and reinvigorate your breakfast offerings.

Teachers and school staff are often on the fence with alternative breakfast program models—and when it extends outside of the cafeteria, concern with trash and other logistical problems can arise. But when a school principal gets on board, they can become a major advocate helping the alternative breakfast model become a reality.

Articles to Help Employees at All Levels:

Principal Persuasion

Crave & Rave

The ABCs of SEL

Find Your Way to Breakfast (Digital exclusive!)

#SNIC2020 Recap

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Cast your vote: Are you on Team Oatmeal or Team Gloopy Mess? Oatmeal can be polarizing with students—they either love it or hate it. But oats are an incredibly versatile ingredient that goes far beyond morning porridge. From granola bars to savory filler, you will surely become in favor of candidate oats when you learn more about its health benefits and several sweet and savory recipes.

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