The breakfast in the classroom initiative takes the traditional school breakfast approach and improves it with one key ingredient: the classroom. Breakfast becomes available to everyone – no matter the income level – and it’s eaten after the opening bell. This makes it possible for all children to participate.
The approach is simple. Children eat together in the classroom, usually the homeroom, at the start of the school day, after the morning bell. They enjoy nutritionally well-balanced foods like breakfast wraps, yogurt, or fruit served directly in their classroom, grabbed from a cart in the hallway, or picked up in the cafeteria and taken to the classroom. Students then eat breakfast while the teacher takes attendance, collects homework or teaches a short lesson plan so that no instructional time is lost.
The result? Less hunger and improved academic performance, health, and behavior.