Garden City Public Schools To Celebrate National School Breakfast Week

To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, Garden City Public Schools will celebrate National School Breakfast Week during March 2-6, 2020.

Garden City Public Schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week during March 2-6, 2020 to encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast.  Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for families to find time for a healthy breakfast.

The US Department of Agriculture data shows that more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in school cafeterias. The School Breakfast Program currently serves more than 14 million students every day. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to: reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math; score higher on standardized tests; have better concentration and memory, and maintain a healthy weight.

The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “Out of This World,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. School nutrition professionals and students will be encouraged to show their enthusiasm for school breakfast from March 2-6 as the district celebrates with special menus, cafeteria events, and more.

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education possible,” said Tracy Johnson, Nutrition Services Director for Garden City Public Schools. The district serves over 3,200 breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals in Garden City Public Schools prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories and sodium – while encouraging students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.”

This year Horace Good Middle School and Charles Stones Intermediate Center has implemented serving breakfast at alternative times.  Horace Good has breakfast after the first bell and Charles Stones and Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Centers have breakfast after first hour. 

“The high school also offers a second chance breakfast and it has been a huge success.  We are also incorporating oatmeal bars and other homemade items to attract more students to the breakfast line,” Johnson said.

Parents and students can follow the fun on Facebook.com/TrayTalk using the hashtag #NSBW20.

For more information about schools meals, visit www.gckschools.com or www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.