Grag & Go FAQs
about 1 year ago
Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about the GRAB AND GO BREAKFAST.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Breakfast is available from 7:45a.m. and trash will be collected at 8:20a.m. after the official start of the school day. Breakfast costs $1.25 for full price, $.30 for reduced price, and no cost for those students who qualify.
DOES MY KID HAVE TO EAT SCHOOL BREAKFAST?
Participation in the school breakfast program is voluntary. If you prefer your child not eat breakfast at school, be sure he/she comes to school having eaten a healthy breakfast at home to start his/her day.
WHAT IS BEING SERVED FOR BREAKFAST? IS THE FOOD HEALTHY?
We publish our menu on the school website, and we broadcast the menu in the school announcements read each morning over the loudspeaker system. Any food items served at breakfast must meet strict dietary guidelines created by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Milk is served daily, as well as fruit or juice. Entrees are nutritious and easy to eat quickly. Each day students will have 2 menu options, which often include popular breakfast items such as pop tarts or yogurt and a hot entrée such as a breakfast pizza. Northampton County Food Services Department rotates the breakfast menu items every two weeks. We work hard to identify which foods are student favorites and which foods should be taken off the menu.
WHAT ABOUT FOOD WASTE?
Through thoughtful menu planning and careful cafeteria practices, we’ve designed our breakfast program to be efficient and effective in providing kids with healthy food to start their day, while also reducing food waste. For instance, Northampton County Public Schools allow kids to self-select breakfast items they want, which reduces the amount of food that ends up in the trashcan. Each classroom allows enough time for kids to finish their breakfast, which also reduces food waste.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Contact Annette Kellam, Food Services Coordinator at 757-678-5151 ext. 7000 for additional questions/concerns. Keep updated on the school menus on our website. To find out more about No Kid Hungry and the benefits of school breakfast, visit the No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices
There are many great things about our improved breakfast program. In addition to having access to a nutritious breakfast, eating with classmates every morning creates a community experience, and it takes pressure off parents and caretakers to provide breakfast in the morning. The No Kid Hungry Starts with Breakfast resource is a great way to find out more about the benefits of breakfast, including how kids who eat breakfast do better in math, miss fewer days of school, and are more likely to graduate high school than their peers who don’t eat breakfast regularly.