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The Santa Monica Pier is fun for more than just entertainment, roller coasters, games and food. There are a lot of fun events and so many things to do and see on the pier.
We had a chance to visit the Powered by Breakfast event recently on the Santa Monica Pier here in California. This event was a fun event for family and especially kids. The purpose is to support the push to make breakfast a part of kid’s school days.
This fun event was on March 4, 2019 and had fun games and samples to take home. All to learn a little about Powered By Breakfast and the No Kid Hungry campaign.
Included was a live DJ, fun samples, energy-generating bikes, photobooth and games.
- Chobani Gimmes
- Bobs Red Mill Grains & Oats
- Kelloggs Frosted Mini Wheats
WHAT IS POWERED BY BREAKFAST
This simple idea is great because it helps in many ways. The goal is to sure all kids are not hungry and ready to begin their long school days. Kids and anyone I know love to begin their days with a healthy breakfast to get them going. Right now, only some schools have breakfast programs, and most are early in the morning much before school even starts with many schools having no breakfast program.
With breakfast in schools, even in the classroom, kids can learn about why food is important and keep them happy during class. I know my kids have a much better day with proper sleep, wholesome meals before and during school, and a nice family dinner to end the day.
It’s a no brainer to the many benefits of getting kids breakfast, everyone understands the benefits to eating breakfast. I know my day seems better with a nice healthy breakfast. For children, they constantly need food, so they need strong healthy meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner EVERY DAY.
The No Kid Hungry campaign estimates roughly 3 million kids do not get a healthy breakfast to begin their day. While schools have free lunch programs for low-income families, many times if a breakfast is offered it is very early in the morning. Even up to an hour before the morning bell.
WHAT BREAKFAST AT SCHOOL REALLY MEANS
The goal of Powered by Breakfast is to get breakfast into schools just like lunch. This means having a breakfast time after the first bell and make it part of the daily school routine. One Oakland, CA school that has implemented this program saw the number of kids eating breakfast jump from 30 to 400.
The millions of kids not getting a healthy breakfast is more than a sad statistic. These are real children, American children, going throughout their days hungry. This creates students who are HANGRY, not in a joking matter. No one likes to be Hungry while having to focus. Being hungry makes me not want to focus and irritable. This will hurt any kids grades and overall happiness.
Sometimes it all starts with self-esteem. Many low-income families have kids that are ashamed to be labeled “poor.” The reality is no matter what socioeconomic class one comes from, eating breakfast and lunch is important for all kids. Free lunches are great with some schools even having breakfast programs. However sometimes these programs can make students stand out by receiving the free meals or require kids to get to school much earlier getting less sleep.
By making breakfast open to all, there is NO wondering or pointing out who is receiving free meals. All that matters is that children are eating and ready for their days. It benefits all students to have all students focused and learning.
HOW TO GET FREE BREAKFAST INTO A SCHOOL
The best way to get a breakfast program into your local school is to say something. Ask what is offered. By making breakfast part of the regular school day, kids can be happy, healthy, and focused. Doing better on tests and having overall better moods and attitudes.
4 Ways Breakfast can be served to kids in school
Breakfast in Class – Breakfast is delivered to class rooms by cooler and
insulated bag. Kids are given about 15 minutes to eat.
Schools have seen an average of 88 percent of kids eating school breakfast with this model.
Grab and Go to Class – Students get package breakfasts from kiosk type of carts
in busy areas. Students are then allowed to eat before or after bell rings.
Schools have seen an average of 59 percent of kids eating school breakfast with this model.
Second Chance Breakfast – A small break is given often between first and second
period. This can work with kiosks or opening the cafeteria. This program is
great for middle or high school students who maybe skip breakfast to hang out
with friends or who may not be hungry at first in the morning.
Schools have seen an average of 58 percent of kids eating school breakfast with this model.
Universal Breakfast – This is one for the entire school. It opens breakfast to everyone, so anyone can eat a free breakfast. This helps to remove any stigma that only lower-income kids get a free breakfast. Plus it allows kids to be ready to go.
Help by telling your Governor that you want him or her to support breakfast in schools.
MAKE BREAKFAST HAPPEN!
Look into helping start a breakfast program in your community. Check out this link for more info on how to Start a breakfast program at your school.
Find resources about the program and check the FRAC (Food Research & Action Center)Eligibility for Community Eligibility Provision database to find out if a specific school qualifies.
We can all help get kids ready for school and ultimately their futures. We benefit as a society and a nation with a productive schooling system that sets kids up for success. Kids need food to grow and they grow to learn.
Thanks for sharing and hopefully you can help us support the Powered by breakfast campaign.
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