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Breakfast Changes at Huntington Place Elementary

By
Anita Davis,   Huntington Place Elementary School
Play:
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods, Community Involvement,  Physical Activity Participation
Breakfast Changes at Huntington Place Elementary
Huntington Place Elementary School started the year serving 60-70 out of 575 students for Breakfast. As a new manager, I was looking for ways to get more students in the cafeteria to eat. The students did not want to come to the cafeteria. They wanted to sit silently in the hallway with their friends and read. The entire 3rd grade was on the opposite side of the school and they didn’t even come by the cafeteria. We decided to take breakfast to them! We loaded up carts with the menu item of the day along with juice, milk, and fruit. We also offered them a Grab & Go Cereal bag. This was simply a gallon sized Ziplock bag with Cereal, Muffin, Yogurt, Fruit and Milk. The first few days the students didn’t understand what we were dong, but once we got a few to eat they all started eating! We now serve 100 students in the cafeteria and 40-50 students in the hallway. They love Sausage Biscuit Day!! We also introduced multiple fresh fruit options. On any given day, the students can choose from grapes, pineapple, cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, and whole fruit such as apples, pears, oranges and bananas. We also have fun fruit days when we made Dolphins out of bananas, and grapes, and wrote messages on bananas. Bringing Breakfast to the students not only got them eating and interested in what was being served in the Cafeteria but it also gave us a chance to get to know them. We get to be one of the first faces they see in the morning, the first help, smile and hug. Developing this relationship with them also got several of them to give lunch a try. Students will more likely to choose milk with breakfast than any other meal. Huntington Place Elementary is in the process of getting a Mobile Breakfast Cart to draw more interest and better breakfast and milk options and increasing our meal participating from 60 students that eat breakfast in the cafeteria and 140 students eating from the breakfast cart. Also, we are looking to increase sales for lunch, with serving 275-300 students. 

How did you accomplish your goals?

We accomplished our goal of bringing breakfast to our students. Also, by getting to know the students because we get to be one of the first faces they see in the morning, the first help, smile and hug.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

HPES is in the process of getting a Mobile Breakfast Cart to draw more interest and better breakfast and milk options.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students would know breakfast could be in the hallway and helped promote breakfast by telling other students how delicious breakfast is in the hallway. Students would clean up after eating their breakfast so everyone is working together.