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School Breakfast Week celebration includes student giveaways


Grand Island Senior High celebrates National School Breakfast Week and encourages more students to begin their day with healthy breakfast

According to the latest data from the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), moving school breakfast to after the bell is one of the most effective strategies to ensure children have access to a nutritious breakfast. Another effective strategy is to offer a Grab & Go Breakfast.

Research shows that eating breakfast at school improves academic performance, health, and behavior. That’s why Grand Island Senior High is serving over 800 free breakfasts to students daily through a new program that offers breakfast to all students at no charge and serves it to students in the various hallways in addition to the cafeteria. School nutrition professionals in Grand Island Public Schools prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories and sodium – and encourage students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.

The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “I Heart School Breakfast,” reminds the entire school community school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. Students will be encouraged to show their enthusiasm for “I Heart School Breakfast” and the newly implemented Grab & Go program March 12-16 with special giveaways and more. Students who select a breakfast will have the chance to win a raffle for a Bluetooth speaker or a pair of Beats headphones Tuesday through Friday of the celebration week.

“A healthy breakfast is a great way to ensure students are getting the best education they can,” said Kris Spellman, Child Nutrition Director for GIPS. “National School Breakfast Week is the perfect time for us to further educate parents."

This school year Grand Island Senior High School was awarded a grant from the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom - a joint initiative from the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation (NAESPF), the NEA Foundation and School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) - to increase participation in the School Breakfast Program.

Students selecting a Grab & Go Breakfast have choices between hot and cold items daily. Some of the most popular items are spicy breakfast tacos, yogurt and Smucker’s Uncrustable PBJ sandwiches.

To learn more about the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom or to apply for a grant, visit www.breakfastintheclassroom.org.  

About National School Breakfast Week

National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program, a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions since 1975.

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