Studies show that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, especially for children. Eating school breakfast improves children’s educational performance, behavior and health, and you can get involved in helping ensure that children get a nutritious start to their school day.
The School Breakfast Program is a federal nutrition program that provides reimbursement to schools that serve breakfast to students who qualify. Hunger Free Colorado and other community partners are working to increase participation, so more students have a nutritious start to the school day.
Hunger Free Colorado works with the Colorado Department of Education, school districts, schools and communities to increase participation in the School Breakfast Program by assisting with the implementation of innovative-serving models that incorporate breakfast as part of the school’s morning routine. Instead of the traditional method of serving breakfast in the cafeteria before classes start, elementary to high schools across the state can make it easier for students by offering Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab and Go, Breakfast After First Period or Breakfast on the Bus.
In 2013, Hunger Free Colorado served as a lead supporter for House Bill 13-1006, known as the Breakfast After the Bell Nutrition Program, to provide more Colorado children with access to a daily breakfast and the fuel to succeed in the classroom. On May 15, 2013, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bill into law, requiring schools to offer breakfast after the school day begins, beginning school year 2014-15, if 80 percent or more of the student body is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. In the 2015-16 school year, schools with 70 percent or more qualifying students will have to follow suit.
Encourage families to enroll or re-enroll for Free or Reduced-Price (FRP) meals, so their children can start off the day in a nutritious way by accessing school lunches and possibly breakfast.
Why is breakfast so important for children and teenagers? Are you interested in implementing a new breakfast-serving model in your school? Check out these resources.
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