Got Breakfast?

14968205-boy-eatVan Allen elementary does, and now it’s free to all students. Studies have shown that breakfast helps students learn. The few minutes it takes to add breakfast to the school day are offset by students’ active participation once their brains are fueled. Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, breakfast will be offered to every student in the first 10-15 minutes of the school day in the classroom. Mornings can be really crazy!! School breakfast is an option when family schedules are rushed, buses are late, breakfast at home is eaten very early or children don’t feel like eating right away when they wake up and before heading to school. While it is offered, students do not have to eat breakfast, and can choose to participate or decline the breakfast any day.

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The daily breakfast meal will consists of whole grain-rich baked items and/or low-fat string cheese and yogurt, as well as, 100% fruit juice, canned or fresh fruit and milk. To meet guidelines, students must take either a fruit or fruit juice with their breakfast. Meals and beverages offered at Mount Pleasant schools meet state and federal requirements, which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. The breakfast menu will be posted on the district website food service webpage.

In addition to serving breakfast and lunch to hungry children, Van Allen elementary takes part in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program, too. This snack program is made possible through a grant awarded to Van Allen elementary from the USDA. A fresh fruit or vegetable snack is offered daily. Sweet peppers, mango, jicama sticks and kiwi wedges are just some of the fresh fruits and vegetables children are encouraged to try!

Do you have any questions or would you like to share your thoughts about the school meal programs? Please don’t hesitate to contact Tessa Adcock, your district Food Service Director, at any time. Email: tessa.adcock@mtpcsd.org or Office: 319-385-7704 ext. 154

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