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December 2015

Principals Back Breakfast after the Bell

A growing number of principals across the country are urging others to adopt breakfast after the bell programs, citing higher participation in school breakfast among low-income children and an improved school environment as positive results, according to a recent report by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

The report, Breakfast After the Bell: Equipping Students for Academic Success, Secondary School Principals Share What Works, surveyed 105 secondary school principals in 67 school districts. Principals said using an alternative method to the cafeteria – such as “grab and go” carts in hallways – boosts student participation -- reducing behavioral issues and improving test scores.

Starting Breakfast in the Classroom Mid-Year

You don’t have to wait until the start of next school year to begin breakfast in the classroom. Join this free webinar on Dec. 10 to hear from school nutrition directors across the country who successfully rolled out alternative breakfast models during the school year. You’ll learn what it takes to transition to a new delivery model mid-year, as well as best practices for garnering stakeholder support, communications and training.

Register for this free webinar now.

Need help convincing your school leaders to adopt breakfast after the bell?

The NJ Food for Thought Campaign has compiled a host of tools to help local advocates gain support for breakfast after the bell.  Whether you’re a principal, teacher, school nurse, parent or community member, these tools will help you make the case for expanding breakfast participation. Local data, success stories, how-to tools and more are available right here.

Need more help? Contact Reginald Dorsey, rdorsey@acnj.org to learn more.

The Food for Thought School Breakfast Campaign is a partnership of state agencies, child advocates, anti-hunger coalitions, statewide education organizations and national organizations.

View a list of campaign partners.

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