Join the Breakfast Club at Gateway High School!
Research shows that breakfast positively affects children’s learning in terms of behavior, cognitive, and school performance. School breakfast can lead to improved dietary intake, reduced food insecurity, better test scores, improved student health, and fewer distractions in the classroom throughout the morning. Studies indicate children ages 4-10 have a metabolism that works twice as fast as adults, and due to higher sleep demands during childhood and adolescence compared with adults, children have a longer overnight fasting period. Therefore, a supply of energy through food in the morning is vital to a child. When a child skips breakfast, their mood and energy can drop by mid-morning, causing their focus to shift from academics to their rumbling stomachs.
Gateway High School has committed to and received grant funding to pilot an alternative breakfast model in the 2017-18 school year. With the alternative breakfast model, their goal is to make it easier for students to eat breakfast each morning
What are Alternative Breakfast Models?
Alternative breakfast models are innovative ways to serve breakfast outside of the traditional cafeteria. The three most popular models are breakfast in the classroom, second chance breakfast, and grab’n’go breakfast. Gateway High School is implementing both grab’n’go and second chance breakfast. Through this mixed model, students make their meal selection from a large cart full of breakfast foods that they can grab and then eat in the hall before the bell rings for homeroom, or get a pass from their teacher to go to second chance breakfast in the cafeteria.
When is Breakfast at Gateway High School?
Breakfast is served at the high school cafeteria and grab’n’go cart from 7:00-7:16. Second chance breakfast is available from 7:30-9:30. For more information about food services at Gateway click here.
If your child receives a free or reduced price lunch at school, they can also get a free or reduced price breakfast. Click here to check income eligibility guidelines for free or reduced price school meals.
This work was made possible through a generous grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation. Allies for Children received the grant to do this work in spring of 2017. In close partnership Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Allies for Children and the Food Bank have been working with school districts throughout the county to rethink how breakfast is served. Gateway High School launched their alternative breakfast models during the first half of the 2017-18 school year.
Since the pilot began in September, there are an additional 70 students on average eating breakfast each day compared to the year before.