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Celebrate National School Breakfast Week March 4-8

LANSING – Busy weekday mornings make it challenging for many families to find time for a nutritious breakfast. Fortunately, Michigan’s public schools offer each student a no cost nutritious breakfast, complete with fruit, whole grains, and low-fat milk, to ensure students are fueled for learning every school day.

Schools will celebrate National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) from March 4-8, 2024 to encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices available with free public-school breakfast. Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared National School Breakfast Week in Michigan as well.

The 2024 NSBW theme, “Surfs Up with School Breakfast,” reminds the community that school breakfast provides students a healthy, energizing, and fun start to the 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 and focused.
  • Attend school daily and experience less acute illnesses.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.

School nutrition professionals, students, and families are encouraged to show enthusiasm for school breakfast from March 4-8 as districts celebrate NSBW with special menus, activities, and more. It’s also a time to thank and celebrate the dedicated, hard-working staff who help prepare breakfasts day after day.

Celebrating breakfast is a great way to highlight the increase in breakfasts served this year with the Michigan School Meals program. The Michigan School Meals program is state funded and allows Michigan public schools serving pre-kindergarten through grade 12 and participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture School Nutrition Programs to provide students with one free breakfast and one free lunch daily. On average, there are 74,000 more students eating breakfast daily (a 23% increase compared to last year). More students participating in school breakfast daily directly supports Michigan’s Top 10 Strategic Education Plan Goal 3 to improve the health, safety, and wellness of all learners.

“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is a great way to ensure students are nourished and ready to learn,” said Dr. Michael Rice, Michigan State Superintendent. “National School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents, students, and the community about all the nutritious and delicious choices that schools offer.”

To learn more about the School Breakfast Program, visit the School Breakfast Program.

To learn more about the Michigan School Meals program, visit Michigan School Meals.

The School Breakfast Program is administered by MDE through funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is available to children 18 and under regardless of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), age, or disability.  


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