STAMFORD, Conn. -- To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, Stamford Public Schools along with the schools meal provider Chartwells Dining Services will recognize National School Breakfast Week during March 7 to 11.
The National School Breakfast Week campaign theme, “Wake Up to School Breakfast,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for students. During March 7 to 11, students will be encouraged to “Wake Up” their minds and bodies with special activities provided by Chartwells. Students will have the opportunity to voice their favorite healthy breakfast every morning, enjoy activity sheets, win prizes by participating in lucky tray days, and receive nutrition education by Registered Dietitians.
“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education they can,” said Food Service Director Al Benjunas. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy and appealing choices we offer.”
The district serves more than 2,500 breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals in Stamford schools prepare meals every day that meet federal nutrition standards and encourage students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.
Chartwells aims to increase participation within the district through different meal service models like Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab and Go Breakfast and Second Chance Breakfast. These alternate service models will benefit school stakeholders as it ensures all students will start the school day well-nourished and ready to learn.
National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program to all children and to promote the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles. The “Wake Up to School Breakfast” campaign is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s Specialty Channels. Parents and students can follow the fun on Facebook.com/TrayTalk. For more information about schools meals, visit the school website or click here.
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