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Press Release

Monday, September 14, 2009

DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Florida Students Celebrate School Breakfast Week
~ Week-long event shows the benefits of a wholesome breakfast ~

TALLAHASSEE – Throughout the week of September 14-18, 2009, the Florida Department of Education’s Food and Nutrition Management Office, in conjunction with the Dairy Council of Florida and the Florida School Nutrition Association, will celebrate the Third Annual Florida School Breakfast Week. This year’s theme: “Ready, Set, Go….Eat School Breakfast!” promotes the benefits and availability of school breakfast for all students. The campaign offers fun activities and a themed menu to show students that starting their day with a nutritious meal can raise academic achievement and physical well being.

“Research has indicated that eating a wholesome breakfast helps provide students with the nutrients and energy they need to stay focused and receptive to learning throughout the day,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “The School Breakfast Week campaign benefits students by encouraging healthy eating habits that can improve classroom performance, and enhance students’ overall health.”

During Florida School Breakfast Week, students explore what they can achieve when they have consumed a nutritious breakfast. Studies show students who start their day with a wholesome meal have better math and reading scores, improved problem solving skills and fewer behavioral problems.

In Florida, more than 496,000 school breakfast meals are served daily to students, whereas the national school lunch program serves an average of 1.28 million lunch meals each day. For more information about Florida’s food and nutrition programs in schools, please visit,