In 2018, 1.7 million children were facing food insecurity, and one way to combat this is to provide easy access to breakfast and lunch at school. Last month, the CDE asked for all California schools to find a creative way to serve breakfast during this week in honor of National School Breakfast Week. Though you may not have planned a new way to reach more kids this week, it’s never too late!
Here are some unique ways to promote and bring awareness around breakfast at your school at any time of the year:
- Add the breakfast offerings to your morning announcements! This way, your kids know what is being served later that day if you offer second chance breakfast OR you can announce what will be serve the following day.
- Create a colorful breakfast poster near the eating area. This poster can include a MyPlate graphic that lists all the food groups that are offered during breakfast, pictures of popular breakfast items, and/or tips on how eating breakfast can help kids succeed.
- Tie breakfast meals into the classroom. One way is to use our breakfast menu during math class to help students graph their favorite breakfast foods.
- Create a breakfast competition. Track how many students ate from each homeroom or 1st period for a week, and the winning class with the most breakfast eaters can get a prize like an additional recess or a dress down day. OR have a breakfast art competition, and winning artist can get a homework pass or 1st in line for lunch. Make sure that the prize you choose is non-food related.
- Get staff to encourage breakfast participation! During early morning breakfast or second chance breakfast, ask for teachers, principals, and coaches to encourage kids to eat breakfast! Sometimes, asking a kid if they want to eat breakfast can make all the difference.
- If you don’t currently do Breakfast in the Classroom or Second Chance Breakfast, pilot it! Ask your Better 4 You Meals account manager to assist you in planning a pilot week of a new breakfast method. They would be happy to help you plan the logistics around this!
Remember. you don’t have to wait for a new school year to try something new, and we are here to support you every step of the way!
If you’d like to take a look at the CDE letter regarding National School Breakfast Week, click here: https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/el/le/yr20ltr0210.asp