HISD Ranks Third Nationally in School Breakfast Participation
HISD now ranks third among the nation’s large-city school districts when it comes to ensuring that all eligible children are served a healthy breakfast, according to a report (click here) released today by the food advocacy group, Food Research and Action Center (FRAC).
Last year, the Houston Independent School District served breakfast to 70 low-income students for every 100 receiving reduced-price lunch.
“In HISD, we have high academic expectations for all children,” said Superintendent Terry Grier. “We also know that students do their best work when their basic needs are met, and that means ensuring that each child begins the day with a healthy meal.”
All HISD elementary and middle schools now serve breakfast to students in the classroom, said HISD Senior Food Services Administrator Brian Giles. “The Food Services team did an outstanding job of mobilizing resources to make this possible for our students.”
The concept of a free, healthy breakfast in urban classrooms is gaining in awareness and support nationwide, according to the School Breakfast in American’s Big Cities report. Other key findings of the report include:
For more information on HISD Food Services, or to access current menus, visit www.houstonisd.org/foodservices
- Of the top 10 urban school districts; all serve a healthy breakfast free-of-charge, with most eating in-classroom at the beginning of the school day;
- Only three districts, Houston, Detroit, and Newark met or exceeded the goal of 70 percent low-income breakfast participation in school year 2010-2011;
- When children eat breakfast in school, hunger, absenteeism, tardiness and nurse visits tend to decline; and
- FRAC has issued a new brief titled ‘Breakfast for Health’ that documents links between school breakfast and favorable health outcomes.