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Getting More Students to Begin with Breakfast

“Take the School Breakfast Challenge” Encourages Eureka City Schools’ Students to Choose Breakfast at School

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, US Department of Agriculture data show that more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, Eureka City Schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week during March 6-10, 2017.

The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “School Breakfast Challenge,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day. Elementary students are encouraged to “Take the Challenge” from March 6-10 with special promotions, and decorations in the cafeteria. We will have a fun give-away each day at Washington, Lafayette, Alice Birney, and Grant.

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education they can,” said Laura Chase, Food Service Director for Eureka City Schools. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy and appealing choices we offer.” The district serves over a thousand breakfast meals daily through the federally-funded School Breakfast Program. Universal breakfast is provided at the four elementary schools, allowing students to eat breakfast for free. School nutrition professionals in Eureka City Schools prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories, sugar, and sodium – and encourage students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.

The School Breakfast Program offers many healthy options for students in the morning. This year's National School Breakfast Week menu offers Annie's organic graham's, wild blueberry muffins, a ham and cheese english muffin, a whole grain cherry Frudel and mozzarella cheese stick, and hard boiled egg with cereal. Each meal is paired with fruit and milk.

For more information about schools meals, visit eurekacityschools.nutrislice.com or download the app by searching for Nutrislice in your app store. You may also visit www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.