Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced the start of School Breakfast Week, which runs March 2 through 6, 2020, and reminds Texas students that a great day starts with a healthy breakfast. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) administers the School Breakfast Program in Texas, collaborating with more than 8,000 schools to serve about 1.8 million morning meals every school day. During School Breakfast Week, eating a super breakfast has special significance as staff, students and faculty join in the celebration. This year, schools across the Lone Star State are using TDA resources with the theme Save the Day with a Healthy Breakfast.
“Everyone knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” Commissioner Miller said. “A hearty breakfast ensures more children have the energy they need to power through the day. This week, Texas schools will celebrate students and faculty as they promote good nutrition and Texas agriculture. Thank you to our farmers and ranchers who help produce meals that keep these students fulfilled throughout the day.”
TDA provided schools with a variety of Save the Day with a Healthy Breakfast resources including menus featuring Texas agricultural products in the recipes. Other resources include posters and participation charts for displaying in the cafeteria and photo stations students can use for yearbook and social media photos. TDA developed all of the materials for promoting School Breakfast Week 2020 around artwork inspired by winning entries in the You ART What You Eat statewide student art contest.
Providing these materials is one way TDA supports school nutrition teams and their work to serve nutritious and appealing breakfasts in Texas schools. Texas school nutrition professionals must meet strict federal nutrition standards while serving appealing meals that fuel students for a day of success. By participating in School Breakfast Week and other initiatives, including TDA’s Farm Fresh Fridays and October’s Farm Fresh Challenge, schools can energize students’ appreciation for nutritious meals and Texas agriculture.
To learn more about School Breakfast Week and TDA’s healthy living initiatives, visit SquareMeals.org.