Alternative Breakfast Models Serve More Kids
Making breakfast a seamless part of the school day can have a huge impact on kids. Moving it out of the cafeteria and into the classroom, serving after first period, or offering grab and go are all innovative – and proven – ways to get more kids eating the food they need to thrive.
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Impact of School Breakfast Participation
Kids score better
Schools are calmer
Kids are healthier
Teachers have more time for instruction
Kids do better academically
School nutrition programs have greater revenue
Nebraska Breakfast Model Participation Averages
Grab and Go
Other Alternative Breakfast Models
Source: Nebraska Department of Education SY 18-19 Participation Data
Students eat breakfast in their classroom after the official start of the school day. Students or staff deliver breakfasts to classrooms from the cafeteria via coolers or insulated rolling bags. Breakfast in the Classroom takes 15 minutes on average.
Students pick up conveniently packaged breakfasts from mobile service carts in high traffic areas that are convenient to students, such as hallways, entryways or cafeterias. Students can eat in their classroom or in a common area before and after the bell has rung.
Schools may employ a combination of alternative breakfast models to meet the needs of their students, including Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab and Go Breakfast and/or Second Chance Breakfast where students eat breakfast during a break in the morning, often between first and second period or midway between breakfast and lunch.
Students eat breakfast in the cafeteria prior to the start of the official school day.
Percentage of Nebraska Schools Serving Alternative Models SY18-19:
- Breakfast in the Classroom: 1%
- Grab and Go: 23%
- Other (including Second Chance): 3%
- Traditional: 56%
- No Breakfast: 17%