March 7th is National School Breakfast Week

GCPS, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the School Nutrition Association (SNA), recognizes March 7-11, 2016, as National School Breakfast Week (NSBW).  Please join us in honoring “Wake up to School Breakfast,” this year’s theme for the celebration!

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School breakfast is an important component of the school day that can help students be ready to learn.  Studies have shown that students who participate in the School Breakfast Program have improved overall diet quality, including greater consumption of grains, fruits, and milk; improved academic performance; and improved attendance.  Increasing the number of students who eat a nutritious meal as part of the School Breakfast Program is an important step in improving the health of Virginia’s students, as well as their academic achievement.

GCPS School Nutrition Supervisor, Lisa Landrum, has partnered with the first lady, No Kid Hungry, Virginia Hunger Solutions, Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, Southeastern United Dairy Industry Associates, and others to promote school breakfast and provide resources and support to school divisions.  The Governor will issue a proclamation for School Breakfast Week. No Kid Hungry has developed a toolkit for NSBW 2016 which is provided as Attachment A to this memo.  Virginia Hunger Solutions will be releasing their 2016 Virginia School Breakfast Report during NSBW to share school breakfast program best practices and recognize top performing schools and school divisions in Virginia.  A Discover School Breakfast Tool Kit with additional resources is also available on the USDA Web site at:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/breakfast/toolkit/Default.htm.

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