Research demonstrates the importance of providing breakfast to children and youth. Children who eat a good breakfast tend to perform better in school, have better attendance, and exhibit fewer behavior problems. In addition, children who eat a good breakfast develop healthy eating habits, visit the school nurse less frequently, and are less likely to struggle with obesity. Despite the benefits of breakfast, for a variety of reasons, many kids do not eat breakfast at home in the early morning.
Currently, the Gallatin Gateway School offers students a nutritious breakfast at school so they can start their day off right. While the program is generally underutilized –the District has been exploring ways to increase access to the school breakfast program. In fact, last year the District applied for and was awarded two grants to expand the current breakfast program.
In April of 2017, the District was excited to implement and offer a second chance breakfast for all students in grades 3-8. This breakfast opportunity does not replace our current breakfast program offered from 7:50am – 8:10am each morning, but offers an additional opportunity for students to obtain a healthy meal later in the morning.
The second chance breakfast is offered to students in grades 3-8 at the following times:
Grades 3-5 9:00am
Grades 6-8 9:05am (in between 1st and 2nd period)
The second chance breakfast is offered as a “grab and go” option and can be taken back to the classroom to consume.
What will be available on the breakfast cart for a second chance breakfast?
Students may choose an approved combination of offered items (also known as a reimbursable meal). Each student must have a minimum of 3 nutritional points and a maximum of 4. For instance, milk equals 1 nutritional point and a breakfast sandwich may equal 3 nutritional points.
At this time, students will be able to choose from the following options everyday:
- Whole Grain Cereal (1 pt)
- 100% Fruit Juice (1 pt)
- Nutrigrain Bars (1 pt)
- Nature Valley Granola Bars(1 pt)
- Whole Fresh Fruit/Fruit Cups (1-2 pts)
- Muffins (2 pts)
- Cheese sticks (1 pt)
- Milk (1 pt)
- Main Entree (such as breakfast sandwich, oatmeal, pancakes, parfait, etc) (2-3 pts)
Can students eat regular breakfast and second chance breakfast?
Yes, however, they will be charged for both breakfasts. In addition, students who receive free or reduced meals will only receive one breakfast at the free or reduced price- the second breakfast will be charged to the student at full price. The current price of a breakfast at Gallatin Gateway School is $1.65.
Can a student purchase only one item from the breakfast cart in an ala-carte style?
No, not at this time. Similar to the current breakfast and lunch program, the District will be serving an entire meal (or as we refer to it as a reimbursable meal) to all students who participate.
However, if a student does not wish to consume all of the breakfast items they will be encouraged to place excess items in the “share bucket” for other students to consume. Items that can be “donated” to the share bucket include items such as granola bars, milk, cheese sticks, yogurt, whole fruits, etc.
Who can consume items from the share bucket?
The share bucket is available to students—who have not purchased a second chance breakfast.
Do students need to consume all items immediately that are obtained from the breakfast cart?
No, in fact, we encourage students to hang on to certain items such as granola bars and whole fruit to consume throughout the day as needed. However, items that must be maintained at certain temperatures such as breakfast sandwiches, milk, yogurt, etc will need to be consumed upon purchase from the breakfast cart.
Why only students in grades 3-8?
Students in grades K-2 already receive a mid-morning snack, so this is the District’s option to provide a “snack” for older students.
Does my child need to sign up to eat second chance breakfast?
No, not at this time. Similar to the current breakfast program, the second chance breakfast cart will be available to all students (grades 3-8) and we will not ask students to call ahead or notify us to participate.
Classroom teachers will bring their students down to eat second chance breakfast each day during the designated times and those who wish to participate can and those who do not will not be required to.
Can a student bring his/her own “snack” or breakfast from home to eat during the designated time?
No, not at this time. In an effort to ensure our students have access to healthy and safe meals; we encourage student to obtain a breakfast from the cart or consume items donated to the share bucket.