Breakfast


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Starting April 1st, there will be a new, simpler menu in schools. All breakfasts and lunches will continue to be free for all student. Popular items will be offered more frequently. There will be lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. We hope that you will give the meals a try!

Highlights of our streamlined menu:

Breakfast: Two choices offered daily, including hot options served twice a week.

  • Cold choices include cereals, muffins, or yogurt, always offered with fresh fruit and 100% juice, and non-fat or 1% milk.
  • Cereals continue to be whole grain and limited in sugar. Cereals that are perceived as sugary, although available to school districts in a low sugar version, will not be offered.

Lunch: We offer student favorites more often in our new-three week menu cycle.

  • Three choices will be offered daily with both hot and cold entrée options.
  • Previously, schools with grades K-8 had three meal choices and high schools had four entrée choices.
  • Cold meal options include entrée salads, subs and sandwiches. Additionally, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are available.
  • Fruit offerings are unchanged, with fresh fruit and 100% juice, daily.
    Milk offerings are unchanged and include nonfat and low-fat options.

Check out the April Menus at: https://schoollunchboston.wordpress.com/menu/ and tell us what you think of the new menu by emailing us at SchoolFoodBoston[at]bostonpublicschools.org.

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School-Breakfast-Fuels-Greatness-Edison-School-3.10.15Earlier this week, New England Patriots Safety Duron Harmon, Former New England Patriots Tight End Jermaine Wiggins, Massachusetts dairy farmer Susan Shields and Audrey Rowe of the Food and Nutrition Service at the United States Department of Agriculture visited Thomas A. Edison School in Brighton to get students excited about school breakfast. Fuel Up to Play 60 is the nation’s largest in-school wellness program and has launched a “Fuel Greatness” campaign to mobilize communities to take action and advocate for, and implement, alternative breakfast options in school districts nationwide.

“School breakfast provides students with a solid foundation for learning,” said Wiggins. “It provides the fuel they need to set their day in a positive direction toward success at school which is important each and every day.” “School breakfast is one of the most important things we can offer our students,” said Mary Driscoll, Principal, Thomas A. Edison School. “It is our duty as school leaders to make sure our students have access to healthy foods at school throughout the day. School breakfast is essential to a child’s ability to learn. It’s a tool for success just like books, homework and class time.”

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Students who eat breakfast at school are more likely to succeed in the classroom, and thanks to the Cabot Family Charitable Trust and New England Dairy & Food Council, students at six Boston Public Schools, including the Thomas A. Edison School, are eating a healthy breakfast more often. To help support the expansion of school breakfast in Boston Public Schools, $25,000 in funding was provided by the Trust to New England Dairy & Food Council.

These funds go a long way toward helping students develop healthy behaviors at school that fuel greatness in the classroom and will benefit them for a lifetime” said Katherine S. McHugh, executive director, Cabot Family Charitable Trust.Research demonstrates that good nutrition, including daily breakfast, and increased physical activity can lead to improved academic performance1, but according to one study, more than 60 percent of students do not eat breakfast each day.2 Many kids are showing up to school hungry, and hungry kids may not be able to succeed in the classroom.

“Good nutrition is as critical to a child’s overall success as the curriculum that our schools teach every day,” said Audrey Rowe, the Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “A well-balanced breakfast offers an important nutritional foundation and charts the course for a healthier next generation.”

To learn more about Fuel Greatness, Fuel Up to Play 60, and school breakfast, visit: http://www.fueluptoplay60.com. Join the conversation on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at #FuelGreatness

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It’s National School Breakfast Week!

Did you know, research has linked participation in the National School Breakfast Program with lower BMI in children? Students are also better prepared to focus in the classroom when they start their day with a healthy balanced breakfast.

EVERY day BPS offers a healthy variety of breakfast options at each of our schools.  And the best part is that it’s FREE to all BPS students.  Every day, students can choose from 2 fruit options (or take both!), low fat milk and a rotating selection of reduced-sugar cereals, whole wheat muffins, bagels, egg sandwiches, and more.  See our menus for more details.

Calling all students*: We’d like to challenge YOU to try breakfast at your school this week!
Get in line, give it a try and tell us what you think! Complete the short form below or send us an email at SchoolFoodBoston[at]bostonpublicschools.org.

*Parents, teachers and principals can participate in the School Breakfast challenge too! Breakfast for adults costs $2.75 in our cafeterias.

mather--031-RCastagnaMay 30, 2013 – Superintendent Dr. Carol R. Johnson and students from the Mather Elementary School came together with Newman’s Own Foundation, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), Project Bread, New England Dairy and Food Council (NEDFC), state officials, and Boston native and former NFL player Jermaine Wiggins to celebrate Boston’s success of Breakfast in the Classroom.

With support from Newman’s Own Foundation, Boston Public Schools has implemented Breakfast in the Classroom in eight  elementary schools this year. As a result, an additional 600 children receive breakfast each day in our schools, a 49 percent increase in participation.

Research shows a range of benefits from offering Breakfast in the Classroom. In addition to fighting hunger, they include improved academic performance, less disruptive student behavior, fewer visits to the school nurse, and increased attendance.

“Ensuring our students are healthy and ready to learn is a top priority in the Boston Public Schools,” said Superintendent Johnson. “We have seen a high level of positive academic and health outcomes especially among low-income students in our schools that have implemented Breakfast in the Classroom.”

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To guarantee that all children have a healthy start to their day, Boston Public Schools has made it a priority to improve participation in school breakfast, including the implementation of Universal Free Breakfast for all Boston Public Schools students by Michael R. Peck, Director of BPS Food and Nutrition Services.

“Breakfast in the Classroom is a simple and effective way to help address childhood hunger in this country while also contributing to positive education outcomes,” said Lisa Walker, managing director of Newman’s Own Foundation.  “We salute the city of Boston and its public schools for their commitment to provide all students with the opportunity to start the day with a good breakfast.”

Boston Public Schools plans to continue expanding the program to additional schools in the fall of 2013.

 

 

Photos by Robert Castagna.

 

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National School Breakfast Week might be over, but Boston Public Schools is still serving up breakfast for FREE every day in all Boston Public Schools!  Last week, in celebration of National School Breakfast Week, Whitson’s Culinary Group’s Heidi the Hyenna, Luke the Lion and Ranger Ray visited around 30 classrooms across 4 schools, to talk to students about the importance of eating a healthy breakfast every day.

So come on into school a little earlier and have breakfast with us everyday!

This Thursday 3/7/13 all Boston Public Schools will feature Minneolas for breakfast in celebration of National School Breakfast Week.

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What is a Minneola?

– Minneolas are a unique citrus fruit that are seasonally available during the winter months

– Minneolas, also known as Honeybells for their bell-like shape, are a hybrid between a grapefruit and a tangerine

– These citrus fruits are a good source of Dietary Fiber and an excellent source of Folate and Vitamin C

This easy to peel fruit has been well received in 27 schools through the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program this year, so we wanted to make them available to more students!

So come to school on Thursday and try a Minneola for Breakfast!

Students at 32 Boston schools are creatively expressing themselves in a School Breakfast Poster Contest this week (Nov 12-16), using the themes:  “My Favorite Breakfast” or “How I Feel When I Have Had a Really Good Breakfast”.

The Contest is supported through a Fuel Up to Play 60 grant which was awarded to Boston Public Schools to increase student participation in eating healthy breakfasts.  The goal of the Contest is to build interest among students to eat breakfast at school, especially this year, which is the first time that school breakfast is free to all Boston students.

For the Contest, students receive entry forms, color pencils and color markers in their cafeterias to make their posters, any time during the week.  Winning art entries will be awarded gift cards in amounts of $25, $15, and $10.  Additionally, $25 $15 & $10 gift cards will be randomly awarded to students from all entries at each school.  Principals, wellness champions and others in each school are serving as judges.

The School Lunch Boston blog will display the winning entries once the judging is completed!

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