March 11, 2011
Rainbow: a highway in Montana.
The following guest post was written by Dayle Hayes, MS, RD. Dayle is the chair of the American Dietetic Association’s School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group. Thank you, Dayle, for taking the time to share this story with our readers!
The support for school breakfast programs in Montana is growing by leaps and bounds – from local teachers and principals all the way to the state Office of Public Instruction. That’s because of the connection between a morning meal and a strong, diverse, and well-educated workforce to compete in a global environment.
“Eating a well-balanced breakfast is essential for learning in any classroom,” says Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau. “Schools all across Montana have been expanding their breakfast programs to meet the needs of families during our tough economic times. If children do not have a good breakfast at home, they are unable to learn new material or to concentrate on complex tasks when they get to school.”