It's no secret that when students eat breakfast regularly, they have better performance on exams, more consistence class attendance and fewer health problems. Yet many schools don't have the capacity to serve breakfast in the cafeteria because of capacity or timing concerns. Alternative models exist to help these schools get meals to their hungry students.
Under the Breakfast in the Classroom model, students arrive to school and enter class as usual. Once the bell rings, kitchen staff or parent volunteers deliver nutritious meals directly to classrooms. While the children eat their meals, teachers can take attendance, collect homework or prepare class materials. Students are provided paper towels and a trash bin for cleanup. The entire breakfast process usually takes 10-15 minutes when served in the classroom, and under Michigan Department of Education rules, students eating breakfast in class counts as instructional time.
For older students who don't need supervision while eating, there is also the Grab and Go model. Under this model, student pick up a bagged breakfast as they arrive at school, either at an entrance or in a central location. Other alternative breakfast models include breakfast on the bus and more.
Is your school serving breakfast? Has it seen a positive response from students? Let us know in the comments.
If your school is interested in serving an alternative model breakfast contact Justin Rumenapp at firstname.lastname@example.org
Justin Rumenapp is the Director of Michigan Hunger Solutions, an organization working to end hunger is the State of Michigan.