Program urges families to make use of school breakfasts


Staff report



GALION – Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for families to find time to eat a healthy breakfast.

However, United States Department of Agriculture data shows that more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, Galion City Schools is celebrating National School Breakfast Week, March 6-10.

And they’re doing it with a challenge.

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education they can,” said the district’s food services supervisor Jacki Corona. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy and appealing choices we offer, and the importance of breakfast and its impact on student achievement.”

The week of March 6, students will be encouraged to “Take the Challenge” with special menus, decorations, cafeteria events and more. The week will feature hot breakfast served daily, and students will have the opportunity to win prizes when they enjoy a healthy and delicious school breakfast.

Galion City Schools servers more than 1,300 breakfast meals daily through the federally-funded School Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals in district prepare breakfast and lunches daily that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories and sodium – and encourage students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.

National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of school breakfast programs to all children and to promote the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles.

The “Take the School Breakfast Challenge” is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association, Kellogg’s and Potatoes USA. Parents and students can follow the fun on Facebook.com/TrayTalk.

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Staff report