In hopes of encouraging more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available for school breakfast, San Benito schools recently celebrated National School Breakfast Week.

This year’s National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “Dive into a Healthy Breakfast,” reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing start to the day for students.

“Eating a healthy breakfast helps our students focus on their studies and gives them the energy they need to be alert throughout the day,” explains Frank Roberts Elementary Principal Linda Molina.

Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy breakfast. However, US Department of Agriculture data show that more and more students are starting their day with a nutritious breakfast in their school cafeterias.

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

• Reach higher levels of achievement in math;

• Score higher on standardized tests;

• Have better concentration, memory and alertness;

• Have improved attendance, behavior, and academic performance; and

• Maintain a healthy weight.

NSBW was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program, a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions since 1975. The School Breakfast Program currently serves more than 14 million students every day.

San Benito CISD’s Child Nutrition Program (CNP) serves approximately 6,000 breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program.

School nutrition professionals prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories and sodium – while encouraging students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.

For additional information, please contact the CNP office at (956) 361-6400.