Project: SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM: SACRAMENTO CITY JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

What is the goal?

To reduce hunger and improve student performance by increasing the number of Sacramento high school students who use the school breakfast program on their campuses.

 

Why is this important?

Research shows that a healthy breakfast every morning can benefit both health and academic performance. School sites across the nation are looking for ways to increase student participation in their breakfast programs, especially for kids who can eat free or reduced meals based on their household income level. In 2010, the Sacramento City Unified School District ranked 46 out of 58 counties in California when it comes to student participation in school breakfast programs. The district doesn’t have the resources to research and try new approaches to increase the number of participants.

 

What is Valley Vision doing about it?

Valley Vision and its partners conducted research on three high school campuses in Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) to understand why students do or do not eat breakfast at school. This was done through one-on-one interviews with staff/admin, student outreach, and gathering data on student participation rates and patterns. With this research, we were able to find common themes and create opportunities for schools to increase breakfast participation through implementation of promising practices.

In response, Valley Vision, through a grant from Bank of America, employed those findings and introduced the Healthy Breakfast Challenge, a pilot program in two SCUSD middle schools (Will C. Wood and Kit Carson) with the goal of increasing students’ consumption of healthy food and to change the culture of eating at school campuses.

After 15 consecutive days, the breakfast challenge resulted in approximately 1,470 extra meals served per day as a combined average across both campuses.

When?

Valley Vision completed the School Breakfast Project from April 2013- June 2013. Following, the Healthy Breakfast Challenge took place from February 2014 – April 2014.

 

Results

  • The final report was released in July 2013 which highlighted two specific next steps the school district could take to promote school breakfast participation
  • Valley Vision introduced the Healthy Breakfast Challenge as a pilot program in two SCUSD middle schools (Will C. Wood and Kit Carson) with the goal of increasing students’ consumption of healthy food and to change the culture of eating at school campuses.
  • After 15 consecutive days, the breakfast challenge resulted in approximately 1,470 extra meals served per day as a combined average across both campuses.

 

Partners

  • Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD)
  • Will C. Wood Middle School
  • Kit Carson Middle School
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