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DPS Celebrates National School Breakfast Week

Child serving himself breakfast.
Research shows that children who eat breakfast at the start of their school day have higher math and reading scores, focus and behave better, and are less likely to be absent.

In an effort to encourage families and students to take advantage of a healthy and complimentary school breakfast, Denver Public Schools (DPS) is taking part in National School Breakfast Week, a week-long, nationwide celebration of school breakfast programs. The event is put on by the School Nutrition Association throughout the week of March 6-10.

Busy mornings can make it challenging for parents to find time to make breakfast. DPS’ Food & Nutrition Services team is proud to serve complimentary breakfast every day at all district-served schools. After all, the research is clear: Children who eat breakfast at the start of their school day have higher math and reading scores, focus and behave better, and are less likely to be absent.

During the 2014-15 school year, DPS served 5.9 million breakfast meals to students – that’s an average of 36,000 meals per day. School nutrition professionals prepare breakfast and lunch every day, meeting the federal nutrition standards of limiting fat, calories and sodium, and encouraging students to choose from the fruits, vegetables and whole grains offered with school meals.

To find out more about the DPS Start Smart Breakfast program and other meal services provided, including universal lunch and after-school snacks, visit the Food & Nutrition Services website.

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, healthy lifestyles and academic achievement.