School breakfast and snack programs are critical to student health and well-being and ensures students have the nutrition they need throughout the day to learn. Offering healthy foods at school have a positive impact on student food selection and consumption, especially for fruits and vegetables. Research suggests student nutrition programs in schools provide many benefits to student well-being, academic performance and growth and development. Specifically, breakfast and snack programs in school:

  • Provide enough time for children to eat nutritious breakfast and snacks
  • Create the opportunity to try a variety of nutritious and culturally diverse breakfasts and snacks
  • Lead to better dietary habits by increasing the frequency of eating breakfast
  • Improve children’s school performance readiness to learn
  • Enhance students’ physical, emotional, social and intellectual development
  • Increase attendance rates, particularly for nutritionally at risk children
  • Promote a sense of community by bringing people together to ensure all children are well-nourished

 

References:

  • Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health. Call to Action: Creating a Healthy School Nutrition Environment. 2004
  • Toronto District School Board, Feeding Our Future, The First and Second-Year Evaluation, 2012.
  • York Region Public Health, Nutrition Services, Food Culture in Schools, 2017