TC schools recognize National School Breakfast Week

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Taylor County Schools

The majority of Americans believe breakfast is important, but hectic mornings make it difficult to fit the meal in every day.

In fact, 40 percent of moms say that their child doesn't eat breakfast daily, according to Kellogg's Breakfast in America survey. To garner increased participation in the School Breakfast Program, Taylor County Schools will recognize National School Breakfast Week. Slated for March 3-7, National School Breakfast Week is a weeklong celebration aimed at increasing awareness of the School Breakfast Program among students and parents.

The 2014 National School Breakfast Week theme, "Take Time for School Breakfast" encourages parents to consider the school breakfast program as a time-saving option for those busy mornings. The theme will appear in school cafeterias during National School Breakfast Week.

"Too many children are showing up at school hungry, and hungry children have difficulty learning," said Kathy Phelps, Taylor County Schools food service director.

"Eating breakfast at school can help families save time in the morning. And knowing that school breakfast is healthy and a great value is a huge relief for parents.

"Cafeterias will promote school breakfast with special menus and decorations, activities and events all week. We will have taste testings for new food breakfast items and will give away one prize each day at each school to a student who eats breakfast that morning. There will also be a grand prize winner at each school chosen from students who eat breakfast all five days that week."

Every school day, Taylor County's breakfast program offers students a healthy breakfast that they need to get set for a busy school day. Breakfast menus can be found on the district's website.

Breakfast cost at all schools is $1. Every school breakfast served meets federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories and sodium.

"Take Time for School Breakfast" was created by the nonprofit School Nutrition Association with support from Kellogg's Foodservice.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program to all children and to promote the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles.