In September 2019, LOHS added yogurt smoothies and parfaits as entree choices with s breakfast menu. The addition of these items has increased our breakfast participation by almost 10% in just 6 weeks. In addition, it has provided an opportunity to collaborate with students on ways to increase access and promote healthy eating. Incorporating yogurt smoothies and parfaits into our daily breakfast in the classroom menu has also allowed us to offer students a healthy protein option at breakfast daily. As the school breakfast meal pattern does not require a meat or meat alternate, there were days our breakfast entrée did not provide students an opportunity for protein at breakfast. This was a concern for many parents. By adding yogurt smoothies and parfaits as an entrée choice daily, students now have a healthy protein option for breakfast every day. This Fuel Up to Play 60 Play has also allowed us to see other opportunities to collaborate with students to increase dairy consumption at Live Oak High School. Students have recently discussed options for a coffee bar and adding smoothies to our lunch menu.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
In August, the cafeteria manager and a student focus group discussed ideas for school breakfast. All agreed yogurt smoothies and parfaits would be a great addition to the menu. Graphic design students & their instructor designed promotional materials to display around campus. Club sponsors encouraged students to assist serving breakfast. Additionally, the culinary instructor, cafeteria staff and students developed new smoothie recipes and recently, students developed a parfait to meet USDA guidelines.
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
Utilizing grant funds equipment will allow us to sustain our BIC program, including our ability to offer menu choices like fruit and yogurt smoothies and parfaits. The collaboration and support received from administration, cafeteria staff, teachers and student leaders will also ensure the program’s longevity. Lastly, continuing efforts of cafeteria staff and student leaders to innovate school breakfast will not only make this Play last beyond the school year, but continue to prosper.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
The implementation of BIC last year increased participation by 50%. This year we added smoothies and parfaits to the BIC menu and the response has been phenomenal. Staff is preparing over 400 per day and have further increased participation 10%. Involving students in breakfast has given them a sense of ownership and they have continued with new ideas. Additionally, while adding options has created more work, our staff’s ability to see students excited about breakfast has given them a sense of accomplishment.