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A Little Change Makes a Big Difference

Linda Long,   Lake Park Audubon Elem School
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Access to Healthy Foods
While we currently have a breakfast program in our PK-6 elementary school, getting the 4-6 graders to actually eat breakfast was a challenge, and a lot of food was left uneaten. Our Food Service manager changed it up, by simply offering breakfast in a different mode. Instead of bringing the tubs of breakfast choices to the classrooms for the kids to choose from, our 4-6 grade now walk though the breakfast line and pick up their choices to put into a brown paper bag. There is a share tub for students to put what they know they won't eat into, and for students who want extra to choose from. For some reason, this small change has improved breakfast consumption by 45% for this age group. It sure is fun when something works!

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Students do seem to be more alert and aware of their own food needs. I am seeing fewer students complain of hunger by mid morning, as they have the opportunity to pick up something extra for mid-morning snack. They seem to be making the connection between their actions, choices and ability to satisfy their food needs.