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National School Breakfast Week Campaign Encourages Students to Try School Breakfast

     To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, Wayne County School District is celebrating National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) during March 8-12, 2021.

      Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. Fortunately, Wayne County Schools offer nutritious school breakfasts, complete with fruit and low-fat or fat-free milk, to ensure students are fueled for learning every school day.  This year has made the normal celebrations a little more difficult due to the pandemic.  However, the cafeterias continue to serve healthy breakfast for students of Wayne County Schools districtwide whether it is in-person or through curbside service so virtual students are not left out. The good news is the local system is a Community Eligibility Provisions School which provides free meals to all students. 

      "Currently, we are serving breakfast through the Summer Feeding Program (in-person and curbside pick-up) which is also free to all children 18 years and younger. The younger grades may participate in different activities within their schools. The older grades we may have some taste testing available for new items we plan to serve next school year," said Kathryn Tucker, Wayne County School Foodservice Director..

      "Encourage your students to participate and try the breakfast.  If your student is virtual, we encourage you to participate in the weekly curbside pick-up for 7 days of free breakfast and lunches. Curbside is located at the Wayne County High School from 10 am – 4:30 pm every Friday.   Virtual can pick up for 7 days of meals, Students attending school in person can pick up for 3 days of meals," explained Tucker.

      The NSBW campaign theme, “Score Big with School Breakfast,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to:

          *Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math

          *Score higher on standardized tests

          *Have better concentration and memory

          *Be more alert

          *Maintain a healthy weight

      School nutrition professionals and students are encouraged to show their enthusiasm for school breakfast from March 8-12 as the district celebrates NSBW with special menus, activities, and more. " Wayne County is trying some new breakfast items, taste testing for in-person, and activity sheets available for in-person and curbside meals," noted Tucker.

      “A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is a great way to ensure students get the best education they can,” said Tucker. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy, great tasting, and appealing choices we offer.”

       Wayne County has several ways for students to receive breakfast. Students are eating in the classroom and all grades have breakfast available to students either in the cafeteria or in the classroom. The older grades even have options for second chance breakfast where they eat breakfast later in the morning.       

      The “Score Big with School Breakfast” campaign is made possible by the School Nutrition Association and Kellogg’s®. Parents and students can follow the fun on Facebook.com/TrayTalk using the hashtag #NSBW21.

      For more information about Wayne County School meals, visit:

Wayne County District Child Nutrition Webpage https://www3.wayne.kyschools.us/Administration/8

Kids Eat Healthy in Wayne County Kentucky Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/288883394499856/

or www.schoolnutrition.org/SchoolMeals.   

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Footnote-

National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program, a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions since 1975. 

Wayne County Schools Child Nutrition Department collaborates in academic achievement. The staff work together with all the schools to ensure our students have a positive experience with our nutrition staff and meals. The Child Nutrition Department provides healthy nutritious meals to students so they can developmentally grow, achieve better academic scores and improve athletic ability. Wayne County Schools is a Community Eligibility Provisions school, which means they can provide meals to all students free of charge.

Food line on Friday curbside pick-up 

Cars lined up to pick up food on Fridays at WCHS

Long lines of cars

Double aisles of cars line up on some Fridays

Lined up to the bypass

LIned up to bypass at times on Fridays

Staff load up cars

Food Service staff load up cars with up to 7-days of meals

Parents come to feed their children

Parents come to feed their children

Loading food in cars

Nutrition staff load vehicles as fast as they can

Cafeteria staffers distribute food

Cafeteria staffers distribute food

Loading breakfast foods and lunch meals





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