At H.O. Brumsted Elementary school, students who participate in our breakfast program were often times rushed when it came time to actually sit down and eat their meal. With the help of the Fuel up to Play 60 program, we were able to institute a Grab and Go breakfast program in our school. Students who did not have time to sit down for a meal in the cafeteria were allowed to choose foods that could then be transported to the classroom and eaten. Thanks to this program, we have seen a greater number of students participating in the breakfast program and a large reduction in food waste.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
This Grab and Go play was so successful that it has become a staple in our elementary school. Parents love knowing that their child will have access to a healthy breakfast regardless of the time they get to school. The cafeteria personal have been tremendously supportive and has gone out of their way to ensure that the breakfast choices of the day can be "brown bagged" if necessary.
What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?
The biggest challenge that we have seen is the need to collect food garbage quickly to avoid insects in our classrooms. In an effort to reduce this issue, food waste is placed in separate garbage bins in the morning and removed early in the day,
What improvements have you seen at your school?
We have seen an increase in the number of students participating in our breakfast program which has given us peace of mind knowing that each of our students has access to a healthy meal to begin the day!
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