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All School Breakfast at Brookside Elementary

Katie Thomas,   Brookside Elementary School
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement, Student Leadership, Success with Funds,  Teamwork
The biggest change at Brookside to support healthy eating for students is the universal breakfast program that was implemented this year. This all school breakfast is offered to all students daily at no cost to families regardless of free/reduced status. Along with the start of all school breakfast, breakfast is now served from several different breakfast carts located throughout the school. Each cart is manned by a paraprofessional and a student leader. The food service director is always working to find nutritious items that are budget friendly. The breakfast carts were purchased through the Fuel Up To Play 60 grant the school received this year. This has been a fantastic opportunity for not only the 63% free and reduced meal students but for all students at Brookside. We are very thankful for a partnership with Yoplait, which provides healthy yogurt options throughout the year. Community mentors in the classroom continue to support the schools mission and provide snacks and activities that are healthy.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

It is a team effort to implement a school-wide program and have it be successful. School administration, staff, and the food service director worked together to put the program in place. Student leaders help daily with delivering the breakfast carts to the stations and back to the kitchen to keep the day running smoothly.