After years of what seemed like little to no change, the
K-12 industry is exploring something new. Breakfast. The “most important meal of the day” is finally getting some attention in schools all across the country. According to Pew Charitable Research Center, school breakfast programs have grown in popularity by 47% since 2004 and will increase and estimated 2.6% by the end of the 2013 school year.
This trend of providing quality, nutritious meals to students has seen the most growth in large, urban districts where many of the students depend on the school foodservice program to provide them with the nutrition they need to succeed. By providing an essential morning meal to students, school foodservice programs are able to help students improve their performance and focus, decrease behavior problems, and increase attendance. And, most importantly, educating students on the importance of healthy eating instills positive eating habits for later in life.