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Expanded breakfast opportunities help more students get nutrition they need to succeed

Expanded breakfast opportunities help more students get nutrition they need to succeed

North breakfast The Wichita Public Schools launched alternative ways for students at ten schools to eat breakfast to make sure students aren’t hungry in the morning.  The WPS alternative breakfast plan provides alternative ways for students to get breakfast in the morning in addition to breakfasts served in the cafeterias before school.  Brooks implemented alternative breakfasts two years ago, with East, North, South, Southeast, West, Coleman, Curtis, Mayberry and Cloud launching programs last fall.

Schools are providing alternative breakfasts in different ways. Many schools offer “grab and go” breakfasts before school from mobile carts located at different areas around the school. Other schools offer Second Chance Breakfasts or Breakfast After the Bell, which offers food between first and second hour. Other schools provide both options. Curtis and Cloud extended their breakfast serving times and Coleman is piloting 6th grade students eating breakfast in their first hour classes.

The alternative breakfasts are working. At the middle schools, daily participation has increased between 7% and 59%. At the high schools, daily participation has increased between 11% and 88%. The Kansas Department of Education honored WPS for having 3 of the top 5 schools in the state with the highest gains in breakfast participation.  

Nutrition Services plans on expanding the program to other schools.

“A student who eats a school breakfast is more likely to do better in school, behave better in school and have fewer attendance issues,” said David Paul, Director of Nutrition Services.

Click here to read a presentation to the Board of Education about the breakfast plan.  Click here to watch the BOE presentation.

A grant that was awarded to the Kansas Department of Education in June, the No Kid Hungry Breakfast Grant, provided some of the funding to implement the alternative breakfasts.