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Cumberland Middle Second Chance Breakfast

By
Jennifer Eggleston,   Cumberland Mid
Play:
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods
Cumberland Middle Second Chance Breakfast
Our school received $1000 from Wisconsin Dairy Council to use in our 'Second Chance Breakfast'. We chose to use this money to provide two weeks of 'Second Chance Breakfast' to any and all students in grades 5-12 who wanted to check it out. The first few days, the kitchen crew served less than 40 students, but by the end there were over 100 in each building (MS and HS) trying out the Grab and Go option. We now offer this 'Second Chance Breakfast' as an option to our students in the middle and high school, plus we provide a milk break snack to all students in PreK-4 at the elementary. We have noticed a significant increase in the number of breakfasts served each day. We have also had students tell us that they save some of the food from the Grab and Go bag to enjoy after school. This program has provided many of our students with some much-needed nutrition. It has grown so big, that we had to move the service back to the kitchen/commons area. Our district has a high rate of free/reduced lunch and we are so glad to see our children benefitting from one more way to get a meal each day! Thank you to Wisconsin Dairy Council for providing us with the funding and Fuel Up to Play 60 for giving us a reason to start the Second Chance breakfast program for Cumberland schools!

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

This program has already been made a part of our school day! Second Chance Breakfast takes place in the kitchen/commons area after 1st hour. It provides students with a milk, juice/fruit, crackers, and cereal bar. Students may select the Second Chance Breakfast as their breakfast option, so it is covered by their regular lunch account, including free/reduced programs.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

We had too many kids wanting to try it!! After the third day we saw a HUGE boost in the number of students who wanted to try the Second Chance Breakfast and we had to make more!! This was a great problem to have. Our funding ($1000) did not cover the entire two week trial as we had hoped, but the school board and administration was already behind the program and found additional funding to allow the entire two week trial to be free to all students.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

I have seen many happy students carrying their breakfast bag with them to second hour. I have heard students comment that they like that there are items they can save for the end of the day as a snack. I believe students are not going hungry as often as they were before the Second Chance Breakfast option. Our kitchen has stated that they have seen a significant increase in overall breakfast service, which means more nutritional food in the hands of our students.