A healthy day starts off with school breakfast
School breakfast participation reduces food insecurity, increases student test scores and improves student health. The National School Breakfast Program provides students a healthy morning meal each school day, including those students who may not receive breakfast otherwise. According to the Food Research and Action Center’s School Breakfast Scorecard, only six Colorado children receive breakfast for every 10 students participating in the National School Lunch Program, ranking Colorado 17th in the nation for school breakfast participation. Celebrate National School Breakfast Week by using unique and innovative serving models to increase breakfast participation.
Increase variety in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) provides an opportunity to introduce new fruits and vegetables to students. Star fruit, rutabaga and kumquat are excellent items to add to the FFVP. To help encourage student participation, offer new foods alongside an activity or nutrition education where students may be more likely to try the new product. Visit the FFVP webpage for more information.
Returning SFSP sponsors that did not attend the in-person training must complete the online Summer Food Service Program training. The training is divided into short modules for easy reference of specific topics. The training must be completed before applications can be approved.
Applications for the SFSP open on Friday, March 1. For returning sponsors, application information will populate for the new year. Please check all forms for accuracy. Sponsors are responsible for ensuring application packet information is current and accurate. For assistance with application submissions, reference the SFSP application instructions.
For sponsors thinking about starting a mobile program, the No Kid Hungry’s Mobile Meals Toolkit provides a thoughtful set of questions about feasibility and guidance on initial planning steps. For sponsors already running mobile programs, it provides tips and best practices for program improvement.
The No Kid Hungry Test Kitchen is designed to help organizations turn their best ideas into validated strategies and promising practices to increase access to summer meals. Organizations selected for the program will receive grants of up to $10,000. Learn more and apply now. Proposals must be submitted by Friday, March 15.