Every child needs nourishment during the day. Many students would not receive a meal, or a nutritionally adequate meal, if these services were not provided. Research has shown that hungry children experience difficulty learning. A child with an empty stomach is lethargic, irritable and is not able to participate fully in learning experiences. School breakfast has been shown to increase test scores, improve classroom behavior, as well as reduce tardies, absences and trips to the Nurses' Office. Good nutrition is critical to student achievement.
WHAT IS A SCHOOL MEAL?
A school lunch is designed to provide one third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) based on the student's age. A school breakfast provides one fourth of the RDA. Minimum quantities for each age group must be served, but larger amounts can be offered based on student needs. The meal pattern for each follows:
1/2 cup fruit or 100% juice
8 servings per week of bread or grain
1/2 pint of milk