How to Boost School Breakfast

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There are many ways schools can increase breakfast participation, but the most effective method is to move it out of the cafeteria.  This can be done in many different ways.  A district may find that different models work in different buildings.

Schools can choose one or more models that satisfy the needs of students and staff.

Review the tabs below to determine which will work best for your school.

Click on the tabs for more detailed information and strategies to increase participation.

Grab ‘N’ Go Breakfast Carts

Where?

Convenient high traffic location — hallways, entrance, bus drop off, cafeteria.  Students eat in cafeteria, hall or classroom as designated by school

When?

Before the first bell or during first period.

How?

School nutrition staff pack breakfast meals for pick up or students choose from different choices.

Clean Up?

Students clear trash. If eating in hallway, place extra trash cans around for students.   If eating in classroom, place the trash in the hallway to be collected by custodial staff.

Who?

For schools that are unable to deliver food to each classroom (multiple stories in the building). Works well in all buildings.  Particularly good in middle and high school buildings to satisfy the need to socialize.

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Second Chance Breakfast

Where?

High traffic area –hallways or cafeteria.

When?

After first period or morning break.

How?

School nutrition staff pack breakfast meals for pick up or students choose from different choices.

Clean Up?

Students clear trash. If eating in hallway, place extra trash cans around for students.   If eating in classroom, place the trash in the hallway to be collected by custodial staff.

Who?

Best in middle and high schools as many are often not hungry or run out of time before school.  Also great option for students with PE as first hour of school.

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Breakfast Vending Machines

Where?

Hallways or cafeteria.

When?

Before the first bell or between classes.

How?

School nutrition staff stock refrigerated machine with reimbursable meals.  Machine can be linked to POS system.

Clean Up?

Place trash cans near vending machines for convenience.

Who?

Usually in secondary schools.

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Breakfast Delivered to the Classroom

Where?

Classrooms.

When?

During the first 10 minutes of class.

How?

School nutrition staff pack meals in coolers or insulated bags to be delivered to classroom by nutrition staff, students or volunteers.

Clean Up?

Students clear trash and wipe down desks.  Breakfast trash can be placed in hallway to be collected by custodial staff.

Who?

Can work in any school but is ideal for lower grade levels.

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Breakfast On the Bus

Where?

The bus.

When?

When student gets on the bus.

How?

Meals are packed in coolers or insulated bags and delivered to buses before their route.

Clean Up?

Students clear trash and remove it from the bus at the school.

Who?

Works best in districts where students spend an extended period of time on the bus or does not have facilities to serve breakfast before school

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Keep it Going

For tips to successfully implement and support boosting school breakfast click on the link below that most closely matches your function at the school.

Administrators and School Boards - Keep it going

Educators and School Staff - Keep it going

School Nutrition Professionals - Keep it going

Families - Keep it going