Start Smart Utah
Start Smart Utah is an initiative to promote and expand the availability of breakfast for Utah’s children. This initiative has been pushed to the forefront by recent legislation passed by Utah’s Congress. The Utah Breakfast Expansion Team advocates for accessible breakfast for children as the main goal and creating partnerships and empowering community leaders, school leadership, educators, and parents. With accessible breakfast to fuel kids, we fuel their learning.
How schools start smart
Implementation of a Start Smart Breakfast program requires team effort to be successful. With the support and active roles of key stakeholders such as administration, teachers, school food directors, and parents, students can have access to a nutritious breakfast everyday.
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ALTERNATIVE BREAKFAST STYLES
Alternative breakfast styles refer to any breakfast style of service served after the bell when the school day begins. Any school can apply an alternative breakfast style to their meal service, however schools with a free and reduced population percentage of 70%, 50%, and 30% will be required to offer an alternative breakfast style over the next three school years consecutively.
BREAKFAST IN THE CLASSROOM
Breakfast is offered to all students in the classroom when the school day starts. It’s a great way to ensure students fill their stomach and helps to ready their minds. While students settle in the first 10-15 minutes of their day, a balanced breakfast can help to start the day off right.
SECOND CHANCE BREAKFAST
In addition to traditional breakfast service, breakfast is offered between the 1st and 2nd periods. Students are offered a meal via Grab n' Go or cafeteria service to eat during their break before resuming learning.
GRAB N' GO BREAKFAST
After the bell, breakfast is served from one or more central locations and consumed in the classroom or a common area. This can be used in conjunction with other alternative breakfast styles mentioned above. This is a great service style for middle and high school aged students.
UNIVERSAL FREE BREAKFAST
Additionally, universal breakfast is a helpful addition to any breakfast model, as it removes the financial barriers students. Universal breakfast is when breakfast is offered to all students at no cost. Schools continue to claim federal reimbursement in the correct category for any student participating in the breakfast program. Offering breakfast at no cost generally increases breakfast participation, and removes stigma lower-income students often face when they eat breakfast at school.