How to make the grade at school? Breakfast
It’s smart for kids to eat breakfast. Children who eat breakfast every day scored higher on IQ tests, according to a recent University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing study. So as kids across the U.S. are now back in school, we’re pleased to announced that more will now get a healthy start.
The number of kids eating school breakfast on a daily basis increased from 12.8 million in 2011-2012 to 13.1 million during 2012-2013, according to the School Nutrition Association (read more in this USA Today article).
This is due in large part to more districts offering “universal” or free breakfast to all students and schools finding new ways to get breakfast to kids.
Programs such as grab-and-go breakfast, breakfast in the classroom and second-chance breakfast are credited for improving students’ access to a healthy breakfast.
Thanks to the National Dairy Council Fuel Up Breakfast Grant program, more schools will be able to expand their breakfast programs and implement alternative ways to get students to eat at a hectic time of day.
Thirty schools nationwide will receive funds to test or expand programs that serve breakfast outside of the cafeteria during the 2013-14 school year and increase student access to nutritious foods such as fruit, low-fat yogurt and items made with 100 percent whole grain such as pancakes, French toast sticks, waffles and cereal.
This is the fifth year General Mills Foodservice has partnered with the National Dairy Council, recognizing the benefits of making a nutritious breakfast more accessible to students and its impact on creating a positive learning environment for students and promoting better behavior.
Since 2009, more than 130 schools have received grants to expand their breakfast programs.
Read how some past grant recipients used their funds here.