by Li’l Dan Celdran and Genevieve Demos Kelley
Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA) is a program that offers breakfast in the classroom to all students at participating schools, regardless of family income. During the 2014-2015 school year, 78 schools in Prince George’s county and 473 schools in Maryland participated. Harvard University researchers have found that classroom breakfast has a positive impact on academics and behavior. (Read more about MMFA here.)
Here are photographs of three breakfasts served in a PGCPS kindergarten classroom during the week of May 18-22, 2015.
Dietary guidelines for the School Breakfast Program are mandated by the Food and Nutrition Service division of the USDA. Breakfast must include a minimum of one cup of fruit and one cup of milk each day, and it must meet a minimum grain requirement, which varies by grade level. Saturated fat must account for fewer than 10% of total calories, and no trans fat is permitted. Calorie requirements and sodium restrictions vary by grade level. Though caloric value is restricted (e.g. breakfast must be in 350-500 calorie range for K-5 students), sugar content is not specifically regulated. (Find breakfast dietary guidelines here.)
To find details about PGCPS’s meal programs and contact information for dietary staff, visit the Food and Nutrition Services page of the PGCPS website.