STUDENT BREAKFAST PROGRAM
School breakfasts play a big role in helping kids get the nutrition they need to learn, grow, and be healthy. Breakfast is a big supplier of foods most kids don’t eat enough of—whole grains, fruits, and dairy. Kids who eat school breakfast eat more of these foods than kids who eat breakfast elsewhere. On average, students who participate in the School Breakfast Program eat a breakfast of higher nutritional quality than students who eat breakfast elsewhere.
Brain Power for
Fuel for SPORTS and
Better Eating Habits that Day
By missing breakfast, the brain is primed to search out high-calorie food which may lead to eating more throughout the day.
Having breakfast helps provide the energy students need throughout the day.
Enhances Memory and Attention
Having breakfast not only helps students stay more alert, but also have improved memory throughout the day.
Longer feelings of Satisfaction
Children and adolescents who eat a protein-rich breakfast report lower hunger for up to 4 hours.
Gives You Energy
If students skip out on having breakfast, this can result in them feeling sluggish and even more tired throughout the day.
Having breakfast helps give the body the glucose it needs to have enough energy and stay alert throughout the day.
Better Mental Health
Skipping breakfast leads to low blood sugar, which causes low mood, irritability and fatigue.
It is therefore important for their well-being that students have breakfast, even if it is something quick that they can have on the go.
Encourages Physical Activity
Eating breakfast does help people feel more energetic, which can help encourage more physical activity.
For students, this is extremely important: exercise has not only physical benefits, but also significant benefits to their academic performance.
Fruits at school breakfast provide kids with > 48% of the fruits they need for the entire day.
Biting into whole fruits at breakfast boosts kids’ intakes of potassium, vitamin C, folate, and dietary fiber. These important nutrients help the body maintain a healthy blood pressure, heal wounds, and more.
Dairy foods at school breakfast provide kids with about 40% of the dairy foods they need for the entire day.
Drinking low-fat or fat-free milk at breakfast helps kids build strong bones, at a time when they are growing quickly. Calcium and vitamin D are just a few of the important nutrients in milk and other dairy foods. Lactose-free and reduced lactose milks also provide these nutrients for kids.
School breakfast provides kids with > 30% of the whole grains they need for the entire day.
Starting the day with whole grains gives kids dietary fiber, which helps kids feel full longer. Fiber also helps keep the digestive tract working properly. Whole grains also provide B vitamins and minerals, like selenium and magnesium, for a healthy body.
Student Breakfast Program provides Guyanese grown foods that help schools serve appealing, nutritious, and cost-effective menu options.