For some students, breakfast is the most unimportant meal of the day. This holds especially true for tweens and teens. Why? They’re rushed. They’re tired. They’re just not hungry yet. So, how do you regain control of the morning meal? It’s pretty simple – bring breakfast to the students.
Easy Access: The Key to a Successful School Breakfast Program
Middle and high school students won’t go out of their way to get a school breakfast. To increase participation in these schools, you have to be flexible. Making simple changes to your school breakfast program – for instance, bringing it out of the traditional cafeteria setting – can increase the opportunity for students to eat a healthy meal. Once access to breakfast is increased, breakfast participation will soar!
Almost one-third of the school nutrition programs indicated that breakfast participation increased by 20% or more as a result of offering breakfast through hallway kiosks or carts
School Breakfast in Action
Hallway breakfast programs require portable equipment that can temporarily store food and can accommodate a large number of items. The HUBERT® Breakfast Cart does just that. Simply stock the cart full of easy-to-eat breakfast options and roll it where needed. This provides the flexibility and choice students need to eat breakfast when and where they want – which has proven to increase breakfast participation. See for yourself:
“We have two carts, which we acquired in the last two years. Before we started a hallway breakfast program, I had about 40 of my 818 students (4.9%) eating in the cafeteria. Utilizing the two carts before school and for after the bell opportunities, we now average more than 200 students daily through all channels (24.4% – an increase of 400%).” – Bandys High School, NC
One Size Doesn’t Fit All
When it comes to Hallway Breakfast, there is no ‘one size fits all’. Many factors, including the number of enrolled students and campus size influence the type of equipment you will need to serve up a successful hallway breakfast program. Schools with a large student base and/or longer meal routes may need special equipment to accommodate a greater volume of students. The HUBERT® High-Volume Breakfast Cart has twice the display space, which allows you to provide a wider variety of breakfast and beverage options.
Jumpstart the Day with Breakfast in the Classroom
Hallway breakfast works well at the middle and high school level, but what about elementary schools? Moving breakfast into the classroom has proven to drastically increase participation rates, particularly at the elementary school level. The HUBERT® Breakfast in the Classroom Cart makes it easy to take the traditional cafeteria breakfast approach and move it into the classroom.
“What I love about the Breakfast in the Classroom Cart is how light and easy it is to move around. We use the cart on a different level, so we have to go on an elevator. My ladies are tiny. A lot of our food service operators are elderly. It’s easy for them to move.” – Grant County Schools, KY
Set School Breakfast Up for Success
The right service model can mean the difference between 10% participation and 90% participation. Each school is different and needs an individualized plan tailored to its unique circumstances. Our team of Education Market experts can help you find the best option for your school to expand food access and get the boost in participation you’re looking for. Contact us today to get started!