Getting More Students to Begin Their Day with Breakfast
Westminster, MD
03/02/2017 03:02 PM

To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with school breakfast, Carroll County Public Schools will celebrate National School Breakfast Week during March 6-10, 2017. Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, US Department of Agriculture data show that more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias. 


The National School Breakfast Week campaign theme, “School Breakfast Challenge”, reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy, energizing start to the day for students. Students will be encouraged to “Take the Challenge” from March 6-10 with special menus, decorations, cafeteria events, and more. Each school cafeteria has planned activities for the week. Mechanicsville Elementary, last year’s school breakfast contest winner, is using its prize money to fund school-wide Breakfast for all students and staff members on Wednesday, March 8.


“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is one way to ensure students are getting the best education they can,” said Karen Sarno, Supervisor of Food Services. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy and appealing choices we offer.” The school system serves over 2,500 breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals in Carroll County Public Schools prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories and sodium – and encourage students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.


Breakfast is served every morning in every school. Students get to choose from a variety of breakfast entrees, and whole grain breakfast breads, fresh fruit, 100% fruit juice and low fat and fat free milk.   Student breakfast prices are $1.50 at the elementary level and $1.75 in the middle and high schools. Students eligible for free meals can receive a free breakfast each morning and those eligible for reduced pricing only pay $.30.

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.



For more information about school meals, visit Carroll County Public Schools website at

Karen Sarno
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