Since the National School Lunch Act was first signed in 1946, a lot has changed in the world of school nutrition. Meal requirements have been defined and redefined, federal cuts and grants have altered the way programs are managed, and of course the advent of technology has completely changed the way your program operates.
It’s that time of the year again! Today kicks off this year's National School Breakfast Week from March 5-9. This year's theme is 'I Love School Breakfast' and is the perfect opportunity for you to boost student participation, increase revenue in your cafeterias, and inform students about the importance of eating a healthy breakfast.
We’re thrilled to announce that MealViewer has joined the Heartland family!
MealViewer is a communication tool for parents, students, and schools
that can help boost participation and grow your program.
The new school year is here and we've updated our menu templates with brand new designs for the 2017-18 school year. These fun, free, easy-to-use templates are available for you to download now. With unique designs that channel the spirit of each month, these menus are sure to catch the eye of your students' parents.
Most have started – thinking, planning, and organizing for the 2017-2018 school year. It's never too early to begin organizing materials, student class enrollment, back to school kick off, student registration events, and fall programs.
Does student lunch participation come to mind? How do you plan to get more students involved in purchasing lunch? Do you consider the short lunch period – where cafeteria staff feel rushed to transact students and make sure they have time to eat?
Our research shows that for every student who submits cash or check payment, it can take up to 7 seconds for the transaction to complete.
What does that mean? 50 students could add 6 minutes to each lunch period. If those same students prepaid for their meals, more time can be spent making additional sales at your serving lines.
MySchoolBucks provides a library of supporting material to help promote its service to students and parents. Utilizing these FREE resources can help get the word out to parents, increase participation and speed up your serving lines!
Promotional materials are also available for School Store users. Promote a school event, apparel, tech fees and more! Create a custom flyer, add your own message and logo and have them sent directly to you.
To place an order or access any of these materials, be sure to visit MySchoolBucks Marketing Central.
So you're thinking breakfast in the classroom might be the right breakfast service model for your school? Maybe you've noticed students don't have enough time in the morning to eat before class, or that some students are coming to school hungry and unable to focus. Breakfast in the classroom has helped schools across the country increase participation while ensuring that students are well-fed and ready to learn.
Here are 4 considerations to think about before starting breakfast in the classroom at your school:
The new school year is here! Get your menus ready with free easy-to-use templates that look as good as your meals do. With fun designs for each month, these menus are sure to catch the eye of your students' parents.
Depending on the size of your school, resources available to your program, and the structure of class times, some breakfast service models may benefit your school more than others.
Thousands of schools have implemented new service models that have transformed their programs and increased overall participation.
One of these four service models may be the perfect fit for your school:
March 7-11, 2016 is National School Breakfast Week! We hope you and your students enjoy the week long celebration of all that your School Breakfast Program has to offer.
Since its founding, the School Breakfast Program (SBP) has been an integral part of keeping students fed and ready to learn in the classroom. Studies have shown that participation in the SBP leads to an increase in testing performance, a decrease in absenteeism, reduced food insecurity and an overall improvement of dietary and physical fitness.
The power behind this program has encouraged thousands of districts to serve breakfast at their schools, using breakfast service models that best suit their resources.
Think you know all about the School Breakfast Program? Test your knowledge with the quiz below!
Last week, we asked school districts across the country how they celebrated National School Breakfast Week. We had a lot of great responses and we loved seeing all your submissions! They were full of healthy food, great ideas, and happy faces.
Here are a few school districts we believe truly embraced SNA’s ‘Make the Grade with School Breakfast’ theme: