New Approaches to School Breakfast

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but many students don’t have access to a morning meal or simply don’t have time to eat before school.

By teaching students the importance of eating a healthy breakfast, Fuel Up to Play 60 is helping schools throughout the Midwest set students up for better achievement in school and a lifetime of making healthy choices.

Research shows students who eat breakfast do better on tests, are more attentive in class, miss less school and visit the school nurse less often than those who do not. Breakfast offerings can range from easy-to-eat items like breakfast sandwiches and burritos, to cereal plus milk and fruit, to pre-packaged options students can quickly grab on their way to class.

Through their participation in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, schools across the Midwest have been able to implement Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Breakfast in the Classroom models, increasing – and sometimes more than doubling – the number of students who have access to a healthy breakfast at school.

This video highlights some of the ways students of all ages are benefitting from their school’s breakfast programs:

Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Breakfast in the Classroom allow students the opportunity to fuel their minds and their bodies without taking away important instruction time from teachers.

For information about how you can change the way your school thinks about school breakfast, visit

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