Celebrate National School Breakfast Week

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. Fortunately, schools offer nutritious school breakfasts, complete with fruit and low-fat or fat-free milk, to ensure students are fueled for learning every school day.

Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to: 

  • Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math 
  • Score higher on standardized tests 
  • Have better concentration and memory 
  • Be more alert 
  • Maintain a healthy weight

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is a great way to ensure students are nourished and ready to learn,” said Dustin Melton, Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs, Pupil Transportation and Fingerprinting Director. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about the availability and access to school breakfast across the state.” 

The Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council supports school breakfast programs in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs.

To help expand breakfast programs after the bell, ODNC provided portable milk coolers and tasty, easy-to-prepare recipes for school nutrition programs.

Here’s a recipe you can make at home on weekends that has been served in schools and is popular with kids: Food Hero’s Breakfast Banana Split. Remember to eat healthy with dairy! Check out how many servings you and your kids should be getting at every life stage here.