Did you know, 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? Or that children who eat breakfast show improved cognitive function, attention, and memory? At the Pittsburgh Public School District (PPS), the Food Service Department knows that breakfast is the most beneficial meal of the day, and we want all students to gain the nutritional benefits of eating breakfast.

At PPS, all students qualify to receive a free, nutritious breakfast. This is made possible in thanks to the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a key provision of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, which allows all students in the district to eat for free, regardless of their financial standing. Under the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, meals are to be wholesome and nutritious with less than 10 percent of calories from saturated fat and restrictions on calories and sodium. All grains served are whole grain, skim and 1% milk is offered and a large variety of fruits and vegetables are served daily. Here at PPS, we know that school breakfast helps to build lifelong healthy eating habits while nourishing the minds and bodies of our students.

From March 6-10th, Pittsburgh Public Schools is partnering with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to promote and celebrate National School Breakfast Week. During this week in March, Lucky Tray Day will be implemented at all schools during breakfast for the entire week! To win, students must choose a reimbursable meal which includes a fruit serving. Students will have the opportunity to win fun prizes or gift cards (gift cards at the high school level only) everyday just by looking for a sticker on the bottom of their breakfast items or trays.

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 Join us March 6-10th as we celebrate National School Breakfast Week! Encourage your child to eat breakfast at his or her school; it will not only provide them with a nutritious meal to start their day but save you time and stress! Your child will be guaranteed a well-balanced meal that is shown to improve attendance, behavior and academic performance.

Looking to learn more about your child’s school breakfast and lunch program? Check out the Food Service Department’s Blog! https://pittsburghpublicschoollunch.wordpress.com/

 

Written By: Amber Deemer, University of Delaware Dietetic Intern

Sources: Frac.org

 

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