The School Breakfast Program (SBP) was established by Congress-first a pilot program in 1966 in areas where children had long bus rides to school and in areas where many mothers were in the workforce, then as a permanent entitlement program in 1975. Breakfasts served as part of the SBP provide one-fourth or more of the daily recommended levels for key nutrients that children need. They are required to provide no more than 30 percent of calories from fat and less than 10 percent of calories from saturated fat.
Many kids in grades K-12 skip breakfast. Often children find that they and their parents are too rushed in the morning to prepare something to eat. Others are not hungry until they have been awake for several hours. Some students simply do not have enough food at home for a morning meal. No matter what the reason, students who do not eat breakfast are often hungry by the time their first class begins.
For those who do not have the time, appetite, or household income necessary to eat before arriving at school, the School Breakfast Program provides an excellent opportunity for students to start the day with a healthy morning meal. A good breakfast gives children the energy they need to succeed in school. More than 15 studies show that children who eat a good breakfast every day learn better, behave better, and perform better than children who do not eat breakfast. In fact, students who increase their breakfast participation have been found to have higher math grades, less frequent school absences and tardiness, and fewer emotional and behavioral problems.
Studies conclude that students who eat school breakfast increase their math and reading scores as well as improve their speed and memory in cognitive tests. Research also shows that children who eat breakfast at school-closer to class and test-taking time-perform better on standardized tests than those who skip breakfast or eat breakfast at home.
- 1 or more servings of vegetables, fruits and juice
- 1 or 2 servings of Grain/Breads and/or 1 serving of Meat/Meat alternative
- 1 serving of fluid Milk
The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946. The National School Lunch Program provides school children with one-third or more of their Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for key nutrients. These lunches are required to provide no more than 30 percent of calories from fat and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. USDA research indicates that children who participate in School Lunch have superior nutritional intakes compared to those who do not participate.
- 1 serving of Meat/Meat alternative
- 1 or more servings of Vegetables
- 1 or more servings of Fruits
- 1 or 2 serving of Grain/Breads
- 1 serving of fluid Milk
Students MUST take a fruit or vegetable at lunch for the meal price. Failure to do so will result in a la carte prices being charged.
A La Carte Options
Beyond the daily breakfast and lunch offerings, a range of a la carte options are also available to students at all buildings. A complete list of items are available and parents have the option to limit their child's selection of these items if they wish to do so. Click here to learn more about a la carte options and to access the restriction form.
Don’t Pay More!
Students who do not take three of the four components for breakfast or three of the five components for lunch will be charged a la carte prices for their selections. Please encourage your child to take the proper number of components for the best value and a well-balanced meal.
Offer vs. Serve
Offer vs. Serve is a concept that applies to the way we do menu planning and to the determination of reimbursable school meals. Offer vs. Serve allows students to decline either one or two food items in a school lunch or one food item in a school breakfast. When students are allowed to select the foods they intend to eat, there is less food waste and increased customer satisfaction. They also learn to make healthy choices and, most importantly, students eat more food and get the proper nutrients they need to grow and maintain a healthy mind and body. Combination foods can be selected; these combination food items may count as more than one food item. All meals are priced as a unit, so students who take three, four or five food items pay the same price; this is also true for breakfast.