To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, Liberty County Schools celebrated National School Breakfast Week during March 2–6, 2020. City of Hinesville Mayor Allen Brown signed the official proclamation proclaiming the week as National School Breakfast Week.
Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, US Department of Agriculture data show that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. The USDA School Breakfast Program currently serves more than 14 million students every day. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to:
• Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math.
• Score higher on standardized tests.
• Have better concentration and memory.
• Be more alert.
• Maintain a healthy weight.
School nutrition professionals and students were encouraged to show their enthusiasm for school breakfast from March 2–6 as the district celebrated with many cafeteria events. The week was full of activities to engage students and bring awareness to the importance of starting off the day with a nutritious breakfast.
To kick off the first day, community volunteers handed out pencils as students arrived to school. Students were also given fun activities to participate in such as activity sheets, puzzles and coloring sheets that were displayed in the serving areas. The week ended with raffles for items such as drones, Lego Star Wars, PJ Masks learning watches and board games.
“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is a great way to ensure students get the best education they can,” said Stephanie Fox, Liberty County School Nutrition Director. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy, great tasting, and appealing choices we offer.”
The district serves over 6,720 breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals in Liberty County prepare breakfast and lunch every day to meet federal nutrition standards — limiting fat, calories and sodium — while encouraging students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.
For more information about Liberty County meals, visit https://libertyschoolnutrition.com/ or www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.