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March 03, 2008

Tom Butler
(850) 245-0413

Florida Schools Celebrate National School Breakfast Week

TALLAHASSEE – Education Commissioner Eric J. Smith today announced that school cafeterias across Florida will celebrate National School Breakfast Week from March 3-7. This year’s theme, “Fuel Your Imagination,” focuses on the availability of breakfast for all students at school and the connection between eating breakfast and learning.

“Every student should start their day off right with a healthy meal,” said Commissioner Smith. “Research indicates that children who eat breakfast are more alert, have more energy and perform better in school.”

The School Nutrition Association launched National School breakfast Week in 1989 to raise awareness about the importance of breakfast for students and to highlight the link between eating a good breakfast and cognitive growth. School breakfast provides at least one-fourth of the nutrients needed by a growing child. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, school breakfast program participation is associated with higher intakes of food energy, calcium, phosphorous and vitamin C.

In Florida, more than 488,000 school breakfast meals are served each day to students, accounting for 28 percent of the 1.77 million meals served each day.

For more information about National School Breakfast Week, visit For more information about food and nutrition in Florida schools, visit: