Saginaw, MI – November 15, 2013 – In a recent study, The Food Research Action Center (FRAC) in and The National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation (NAESPF) have found that Breakfast in the Classroom programs are the best way to increase morning meal consumption among school aged children. “[B]y offering our students breakfast each day, they are beginning a great, healthy, lifelong habit,” said Bay City Public Schools’ Nutrition Director Janet Nettleton. “We see all kind of good things come out of [Breakfast in the Classroom]. Our students are smiling, ready to learn, and more kind to each other.”
FRAC’s study surveyed 276 principals, who report that Breakfast in the Classroom programs not only increased meal participation rates, but were also correlated with an increase in attendance and attentiveness among students. Among principals surveyed, 78% would recommend the program to other schools, and 47% reported no challenges in starting the program. Breakfast in the Classroom programs are especially vital to ensure that low-income students receive a morning meal.
Parents and guardians should contact their school district for offered breakfast options. Interested school administrators should contact the Michigan Department of Education for information on starting their own Breakfast in the Classroom program.
The full report can be found at: http://frac.org/pdf/frac_naespf_bic_principals_report2013.pdf
The Center for Civil Justice monitors trends in school meals and helps school programs offer healthy, federally-funded meals. Thanks to a generous grant from the ConAgra Foods® Foundation and the Walmart Foundation, the Center for Civil Justice is working to end childhood hunger in the State of Michigan.
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