As many of us know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This is especially true for our students, as children who do not eat breakfast can become restless, tired, and inattentive in school. Skipping breakfast can also contribute to students’ tardiness, poor attendance, and lower grades on classroom assignments and exams.
To help ensure that every K-5 student has access to a healthy breakfast, all of the City’s public elementary schools are now serving Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC).
Through the BIC program, elementary school students are provided FREE access to nutritious, delicious, and high-quality breakfasts that they can eat at their desks during their first class of the day while their teachers conduct morning activities (i.e. take attendance, read announcements, etc). Each meal that is served for BIC exceeds the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Nutrition Standards for School Meals, and once students finish their breakfasts, they take whatever they did not eat and place it into lined, insulated trash bags that are collected and sent away for disposal.
Thanks to BIC, our elementary school teachers are seeing that:
- More students are ready to learn;
- Student concentration has improved;
- Students are performing better during assignments and exams;
- Attendance has improved; and
- Fewer students are visiting their school nurses.
To learn more about BIC, check out the video posted below, and review our official FAQ on the Office of SchoolFood’s website.