A challenge to participate in National School Breakfast Week next month

The benefits of eating school breakfast include improved academic performance, attention span, and overall health. During the current school year 2015-16, 47.7 percent of Maine children qualify for free and reduced price school meals. Of these approximately 86,000 children, only 40 percent participate in school breakfast.

Full Plates Full Potential and the Maine Department of Education’s Child Nutrition program are challenging schools to increase school breakfast participation during this year’s National School Breakfast Week (NSBW), March 7-11. NBSW is an annual celebration of school breakfast promoted by the School Nutrition Association.

The top three schools with the greatest increase in breakfast participation, from last year’s NSBW to this year’s, will receive $500 for their nutrition programs. Each district may enter one or all of its schools.

The deadline to sign up is March 1, and you can sign up here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/NSBWchallenge.

For more information on the challenge, suggestions on how to boost participation or other school breakfast questions, contact Child Nutrition Outreach Coordinator Jamie Curley at jamie.curley@maine.gov or call 624-6666.