Breakfast – Grab and Go!
Boost your school breakfast participation by offering quick and easy breakfast choices students can grab on their way into school or between morning classes. New in this year’s Play: “bundling” of foods in school-branded or mascot-branded packaging, “What’s inside?” info highlighting taste and nutrition, funding suggestions for purchase of carts and much more.
How Does It Work?
Set up quick and easy meals students can grab on their way into school or between morning classes.
Grab-and-go is a proven, cost-effective and fun way to get more on-the-go students to eat breakfast.
- Growing school breakfast participation. 2011. School Nutrition Association.
Huddle up with the school nutrition manager/staff (like those who work in your cafeteria) to help with food choices and preparation; the principal to give your plan a thumbs up; students to help with food choices and how to serve up breakfast.
- Pick a location. Consider locations where students tend to meet in the morning, such as the front hall, outside the library or gym, outside the front doors or near the bus loop.
- Plan your menu. Work with your school nutrition professionals to create a menu of delicious and nutrient-rich breakfast choices. Offer conveniently packed and easy-to-grab foods that include low-fat or fat-free dairy foods, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Consider polling students about what they would grab on the go, or simply test a few ideas to see what works.
- Get organized: Brainstorm design ideas for your Grab-and-Go Breakfast station. Is it a table? A cart on wheels? A refrigerated station?
- Recruit a local grocery store, farm or restaurant that may be willing to provide donations. Consider packaging your meals in colorful, fun school mascot- or team-themed containers to boost interest. Include a “what’s inside” note highlighting the nutrition in your meals.
Keep It Going
Work with school nutrition professionals to offer these more convenient and nutritious choices as part of the cafeteria breakfast line for students who eat breakfast in the school cafeteria. Use “to go” containers so students can still “grab-n-go.”
Spread the Word
Get the word out: Create posters to put up in high-traffic areas (such as hallways and classrooms), distribute flyers in classrooms and advertise your program during morning announcements. Get the word out on your school’s website, blog or in your school’s eNewsletter.
Get Others Involved
Everyone can help:
- Provide school nutrition professionals with input on grab-n-go menu items
- Help choose grab-n-go locations
- Promote the program
- Solicit donations from local businesses