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Second Chance Breakfast takes Hornet Nation

By
Sommer Purvis,   Albany High School
Play:
Breakfast For Everyone — First Meal Matters
Topics:
Success with Funds
Second Chance Breakfast takes Hornet Nation
In August 2018, we implemented second chance breakfast at Albany High. The concept initiated because students would often come to the cafeteria between morning class changes to ask if we still had breakfast available. The cafeteria manager realized a growing number of students either did not have time to eat or did not like to eat breakfast before school. The second chance breakfast program provided an opportunity for students who did not participate in traditional, before school breakfast to eat school breakfast between second and third period classes. Our menu not only included student favorites, such as, breakfast pizza and biscuits, but it also included new items such as a variety of breakfast bars, yogurt and string cheese. Using student focus groups, we conducted product sampling and taste test and used their feedback to adjust and improve our menu options. The implementation of second chance breakfast increased our breakfast participation by 65%. This was the largest recorded increase in breakfast participation in the state. As a result, Albany High received the top honor in the Louisiana Breakfast Challenge. Students were awarded a Saint Pep Rally featuring the Saint's Mascot, Gumbo and Saint's Player Josh Hill. Second Chance Breakfast is continuing to increase and grow and we look forward to continuing the program in the future. On average, 83% of students eat school breakfast each school day.

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

We utilized funding to purchase equipment, which not only allowed us to implement second chance breakfast, but sustain it. Collaboration with stakeholders before and continuing after implementation of the program will also help ensure the program’s longevity. Faculty, parents and students recognize the benefits second chance breakfast has provided. Having the equipment and stakeholder support will allow us to continue the program into the future.

How did you accomplish your goals?

Our goal with second chance breakfast was to increase the availability of school breakfast to our students. This 6 minute period referred to as a “brain break” allowed students to change classes and grab breakfast from one of the three mobile kiosks placed around campus. Mobilizing meal service from the cafeteria to various areas around campus made meal service quick, easy and convenient for students. It also eliminated any stigma associated with eating school breakfast in the cafeteria.

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

Our greatest challenge with the implementation of second chance breakfast was overcoming concerns regarding trash and mess. We developed a plan for trash pick-up that included providing teachers a weekly allotment of trash bags every Friday afternoon. Trash bags are placed outside classrooms each morning and food service staff makes a trash sweep. To avoid excess trash in the common areas, we coordinated with school administration and custodial staff to add additional trashcans around campus.