Grab and Go Breakfast ensures children are ready to learn

September 24th, 2014 by Live Well Omaha Kids

PrintAs an urban district with over 50,000 students, Omaha Public Schools has focused their priorities over the last three years on the expansion of their “Grab and Go Breakfast!” program. Why make this a priority? In terms of academic success and decreasing childhood hunger, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Proper nutrition is vital to the growth and development of children.

GrabAndGoBreakfastIn an effort to ensure all children are ready to learn each morning, Omaha Public Schools offer the “Grab and Go Breakfast!” program. The program follows Dietary Guidelines for Americans and offers a variety of healthful hot and cold menu choices such as whole grains, yogurt, protein, fruits and low-fat or fat-free milk. Children select items and put them in an eco-friendly bag to take to their classroom. While eating, the children work individually on classroom assignments while the teachers take attendance, complete administrative work or read. When finished, the children dispose of the paper waste in recycling containers.

The district’s free and reduced food rates are currently over 73% and they have a very diverse student population. With partners such as ConAgra Foods Foundation and the Midwest Dairy Council, OPS has been expanding the breakfast program to additional schools and increasing its participation. The increase in students participating ranges from 10-30% and students can enjoy this breakfast at ‘no cost’.

“Children can not learn when they are hungry. Encourage your child to eat breakfast every day – whether it is at home or at school,” says Tammy Yarmon, Director of Nutrition, Omaha Public Schools.

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View a great video about the “Grab and Go Breakfast!” program. For more information, contact Tammy Yarmon by email or visit the Omaha Public Schools website.

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