In 2016, I began working with Sheila Bradshaw, food service director for Carter County Schools in Kentucky. Sheila wanted to improve the visual appearance and functional merchandising within the cafeteria.
Like many other directors, Sheila was still interested in reaching additional students. Sheila wanted to reach students outside of the cafeteria to continue to increase school breakfast participation. Some directors worry that the expense to implement a program may be prohibitive. I knew Sheila was in the same position and we decided to loan the school a cart for National School Breakfast Week.
“Even students who had already eaten and didn’t take a meal thanked us for offering them breakfast,” Sheila said. “Breakfast participation increased from 24% to 39% during this week. I feel it will be beneficial to our students to continue having this option for breakfast.
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Sheila used the cart at the high school for grab-and-go school breakfast in the hallway. Students were appreciative of the option and the staff was inspired. The health and physical education class allowed students to come down and eat, and used the nutritional information for the class lesson that week.
School breakfast participation increased from 183 to 285 students in one week! Having a supportive administration is the first step to a successful program. Surrounding yourself with staff and vendors that have the same goals allows visons to be plans which are then implemented successfully.
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