|Fort Wayne Community Schools will celebrate National School Breakfast Week this week by highlighting the Breakfast in the Classroom Program.
FWCS has worked to increase breakfast participation by joining with the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom programs at all elementary and middle schools. The program is just what it says: Instead of going to the cafeteria to eat breakfast, students are provided breakfast in the classroom, which encourages more students to eat breakfast, reducing hunger and improving mental focus.
Earlier in the school year, FWCS was awarded a grant from the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom – a joint initiative from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), National association of Elementary School Principals Foundation (NAESPF), NEA Healthy Futures and School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) – to increase participation in the Schools Breakfast Program. According to the latest data from the Food Research and Action Center, alternative breakfast models like FWCS model is one of the most effective strategies to ensure children have access to a nutritious breakfast.
FWCS serves more than 14,800 breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals at FWCS prepare breakfast and lunches every day meeting 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 theme for this year’s National School Breakfast Week is “Wake Up to School Breakfast,” as a reminder that school breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for students.
“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education they can,” said Candice Hagar, Director Nutrition Services for FWCS. “National School Breakfast Week is a time for us to further educate parents and student about all the healthy choices we offer and the positive impact it has on our students like higher test scores and better attendance records.”