National School Breakfast Week is March 7-11. Kansas City Public Schools, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Midwest Dairy Council, Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and KC Wolf helped students “Wake Up to School Breakfast” with a launch event Monday morning, March 7 at Lincoln College Preparatory Academy.
KCPS Interim Superintendent Al Tunis, Principal Joseph Hesman, KCPS Director of Child Nutrition Services Ellen Cram and the Kansas City Chief’s own KC Wolf were joined by USDA Mountain-Central Region School Nutrition Director Diane Fulton to welcome Lincoln Prep students as they started their day off right with a healthy “Breakfast 2 Go” meal. Missouri District 23 Representative Randy Dunn was also on hand for the event. Participating students were entered into a raffle for a Kansas City Chief’s helmet signed by running back Jamaal Charles and donated by the dairy council.
Officials also announced a National School Breakfast Week essay/design contest open to all 6-12 graders in KCPS. Two winners will be awarded an iPad Mini. Learn more: National School Breakfast Week Essay/Design Contest Flyer/Entry Form
The goal of the week is to encourage students across the region to participate and raise awareness about the value of school breakfast programs. KCPS is able to automatically provide breakfast and lunch to all students free-of-charge thanks to the federal Community Eligibility Program. Since KCPS joined the program in 2014, the number of students getting school breakfasts has increased seven percent and lunch participation has increased 10 percent.
B2G Lincoln Prep is one of several schools that offer “Breakfast 2 Go” meals in order to make it even easier for busy students to get a healthy breakfast. The B2G meals are served from large carts purchased with a grant from the Midwest Dairy Council. Lincoln Prep has seen breakfast participation increase by 52 percent since the B2G cart arrived.
Studies show that students who get a school breakfast have better attention spans, memory, attendance rates, classroom achievement and behavior, according to the School Nutrition Association, which sponsors National School Breakfast Week. School breakfast programs have a particularly positive impact on students from low-income households. For more information about the value of school breakfast programs, visit the SNA website at schoolnutrition.org. Learn more about KCPS Child Nutrition Services at www.kcpublicschools.org/Nutrition.