Busy weekday mornings can make it a challenge for families to find time for a healthy breakfast. Fortunately, US Department of Agriculture data show that more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias.  To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, Minnesota schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week during March 6-10, 2017.

The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “School Breakfast Challenge”, reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day. Students will be encouraged to “Take the Challenge” from March 6-10 with special menus, decorations, cafeteria events and more.

“Fueling Minnesota’s students with healthy school breakfasts is one way to ensure they are at their best and prepared to learn,” said Minnesota School Nutrition Association President Julie Powers. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about the fun, healthy and appealing choices Minnesota schools are offering our children.”

Local districts serve breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals in Minnesota prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories and sodium – and encourage students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.

National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program to all children and to promote the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles. The “Take the School Breakfast Challenge” is made possible by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association, Kellogg’s and Potatoes USA. Parents and students can follow the fun on Facebook.com/TrayTalk.

For more information about schools meals, visit Minnesota School Nutrition Association or www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.