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Martin Eagles' Breakfast Success

By
Kathy Hamby,   Cumberland County High School
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Martin Eagles' Breakfast Success
Due to receiving the Fuel Up to Play 60 grant, Martin Elementary is increasing breakfast participation and increasing dairy consumption. Some of the buses at this school run a double route, with many students arriving with little time before going to the classroom. Most of these students choose not to eat breakfast at school. Also, several of the older students choose not to eat breakfast. In order to increase access and breakfast choices, the school applied for the Fuel Up to Play 60 grant, and won! $2,200 is being used for a breakfast kiosk and supplies which will be used to take breakfast out to the students who do not choose to come through the traditional serving line. Also, a 16 oz smoothie which is a reimbursable meal all by itself is being offered as an additional breakfast choice. While we are ordering the breakfast kiosk, we are making do with just a few choices on a small cart. With just introducing the smoothie and a few items on a cart, the Martin Eagles’ Café staff have already increased the average number of breakfast meals served from 360 to 458. This is an increase in breakfast participation from 52% to 66%. We are looking forward to hopefully submitting another success story once we are able to take the new kiosk with additional breakfast choices out into the school to the students.

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

We will be offering smoothies and the breakfast kiosk daily.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

We tested the smoothies among other food items with the student advisory. They are a great group of kids who provide honest feedback regarding whether or not they like the food items.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Everyone in the school working together as a team.