We love to share school breakfast news with you on our Facebook and Twitter feeds, but this week there were just too many great stories to share to do it one at a time—we had to round them up in one place!
First, we heard from FRAC and NAESPF, who reported that principals across the country are embracing Breakfast in the Classroom! A new report shows that principals see BIC as the best way to increase the number of students who start the day with school breakfast; the report, entitled “Start the School Day Ready to Learn with Breakfast in the Classroom: Principals Share What Works” shows that more than three in four principals would encourage their peers to consider a breakfast-in-the-classroom program.
Next, we have a lot of terrific Fuel Up to Play 60 news to report! There is still time to enter the amazing Make Your Move contest, presented in partnership with Quaker, which runs now through Wednesday, November 27. Enter to win up to $15,000 for your school! To underscore how great Fuel Up to Play 60 prizes can be, here are some recent headlines about winners from around the country:
- Hillsboro Elementary School received a FUTP60 Mini-Camp Funding Grant; this grant will help increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students.
- Corey Woolton, defensive end for the Chicago Bears, visited Kinzie Elementary School where students showed off their dance moves as part of the Make Your Move campaign; Woolton encouraged kids to stay healthy and active, and cited “The Robot” as his “go-to” dance move.
- Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice visited Hilltop Elementary School in Anne Arundel County Public Schools to celebrate $100,000 in grants to benefit the free school breakfast program; “If I didn’t eat breakfast before my meetings, I’d probably miss something that probably would cost us a game,” Rice told students.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and whether you need help or you are looking to extend a helping hand, our Holiday Hunger post from last week has links to help you connect with food banks and hunger resources near you.
Looking ahead to December, we invite you to join us for our latest webinar. “The Financial Sense of Breakfast” was just added to our webinar schedule, and will be held on December 11, 2013 at 2 p.m. EST. You can find all the details on the webinar, and register online, here
We are also looking forward to some upcoming guest posts, so stay tuned to Beyond Breakfast to hear from former SNF Program Manager Elizabeth Campbell, who will be writing about her recent work studying the nutritional quality of foods collected and distributed by food banks. We will also be publishing a guest blog from our friends at FRAC, which tackles the issue of hunger in the growing population of homeless students, and the role school meals can play in the solution to that problem.