Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Yet, millions of students come to school hungry or full of junk foods and sugary drinks consumed on the way, making them unable to concentrate and setting them up for poor health outcomes in the short and long term. Luckily, National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to promote the availability of the School Breakfast Program to all children. Are you too busy on a weekday morning to make a healthy breakfast? Well you can rest assured your child has the option of eating a healthy breakfast at school. According to the US Department of Agriculture more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias.

 

School breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for your child and he or she is more likely to consume diets adequate in key vitamins and minerals, decreased behavioral problems and tardiness, improved cognitive performance, better academic achievement, and reduced chronic food insecurity. To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, your local schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week during March 6-10, 2017.

 

Many local organizations support the effort of recognizing National School Breakfast Week and stand behind children receiving nutritious meals at school. For instance, Burnett County Salvation Army is heavily invested in your child’s nutrition and leads the Backpack Program in Burnett County. This program ensures that after your child has eaten a nutritious breakfast and lunch at school that they will also be assured nutritious meals for the weekends. Children who benefit for free or reduced meals at school also qualify to receive a backpack full of food for the weekends. To learn how to become a part of the backpack program or donate, please visit www.safaithhouse.org

 

Submitted by: Burnett County’s Salvation Army

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