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Grab and Go Breakfast

Carrie Haakenson,   Mayo High School
Access to Healthy Foods
Grab and Go Breakfast

We hold breakfast in our cafeteria every morning, but many students arrive off of their buses just a few minutes before the first bell rings. We decided to put a breakfast cart in our Door 6 area, which is where our students come off of the buses. We also used our Advisory programming to talk about the importance of healthy breakfast options for kicking off the day. Now students just have to grab an item and head off to class without wasting any of their time or going out of their way. We brought breakfast to them and made it more accessible. Little by little, we are seeing more students take advantage of the early morning opportunity to fuel their bodies and brains.

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

We had a few administrators and teachers worry about additional garbage as well as tardiness issues because of adding a location. This was quickly drowned out by other staff, who know how important it is to provide access to a healthy breakfast for our students, so the concerns didn't last long. Now, we're trying to encourage students to choose our healthy options over the gas station food they're used to grabbing before they come to school.

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

We need to increase the number of students choosing to eat breakfast. Many of our free and reduced lunch/breakfast students don't eat in the morning, so we are looking at ways to try and make the breakfast cart appealing. We hope to work with the district chef by planning a fun breakfast menu on a special day just to have students try new food as well as see how easy it is to grab something on the way to class.

How did you accomplish your goals?

We are excited that the breakfast cart is an option. It was met with some resistance early on, so to know that we made it actually happen, is exciting. Now, we just need to really promote it so that kids see the benefit and use it so that we can justify having it remain there.