Grab and Go Breakfast

Posted 02/10/2014 | By HealthCorps

This year American Legion High School in California has adopted a new Grab and Go breakfast option for students! After learning that many students don’t regularly eat breakfast, the American Legion Wellness Council applied for and won a grant from Action for Healthy Kids to change the way American Legion does breakfast.

Students get easy-to-eat breakfasts after 1st period

In a survey last year, many students said that they don’t eat breakfast because they don’t have time or don’t qualify for Free and Reduced Meals.

Grab and Go breakfasts provided by the National School Breakfast Program are now free, easy to eat (tasty) foods.  With the start of the new program, breakfasts are passed out during a 10-minute passing and brunch period between 1st and 2nd period, named “Snack Attack” by the American Legion student body.

Grab and Go Breakfast Program will put students in the driver’s seat

Students will help run the breakfast program by working in the cafeteria, passing out breakfast foods, and helping to make food and program decisions in the Breakfast Club. Student participants will get class credit and have the chance to get a small stipend for their participation.

Did you know?

— Studies have shown that kids who eat breakfast do better in school, have better concentration and more energy than kids who don’t eat breakfast.

— Skipping breakfast is more likely to cause weight gain than to prevent it because the nutritional value of breakfast food is better than empty calories later in the day.

— Kids who eat breakfast generally have better health than those who don’t.

A special shout out to Coordinator Tyler Mar who helped to facilitate this new program.

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