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Food Services Offers Free Breakfast For All During Breakfast Week


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Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Dr. J. Scott Smith, Superintendent of Schools, 301-475-5511, ext. 32178
Dr. Alex Jaffurs, Assistant Superintendent of Supporting Services, 301-475-4256, ext. 7

National School Breakfast Week Campaign “Dig Into School Breakfast” Encourages Students to try School Breakfast

LEONARDTOWN, MD – To encourage more families to take advantage of the healthy choices
available with school breakfast, St. Mary’s County Public Schools will offer free breakfast for all
students in celebration of the annual National School Breakfast Week March 6-10, 2023. This
year’s Kickoff Celebration will be at Evergreen Elementary School on Monday, March 6, 2023.
Busy weekday mornings make it a challenge for many families to find time for a healthy
breakfast. The USDA School Breakfast Program currently serves more than 14 million students
every day. Studies show that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to:
● Reach higher levels of achievement in reading and math
● Score higher on standardized tests
● Have better concentration and memory
● Be more alert
● Maintain a healthy weight
The National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) campaign theme, “Dig Into School Breakfast,”
reminds the entire school community that school breakfast provides a healthy and energizing
start to the day for students. School nutrition professionals and students will be encouraged to
show their enthusiasm for school breakfast from March 6-10 as the district celebrates with
special menus, cafeteria events, and more.
Other events for the week include participating in the Hear the Maryland Crunch initiative with
students at Ridge Elementary School on Thursday, March 9, 2023. Hear the Crunch is our
annual synchronized apple-crunch event designed to highlight the importance of the school

breakfast program in ensuring that all students start the day off with the necessary nutrition to
learn and grow.
“A healthy breakfast at the start of the day is a great way to ensure students get the best
education they can,” states Megan Doran, Director of Food and Nutrition Services. “National
School Breakfast Week helps us educate parents and students about all the healthy, great
tasting and appealing choices we offer.”
The district serves over 800,000 breakfast meals yearly through the federally funded School
Breakfast Program. School nutrition professionals in St. Mary’s County Public Schools prepare
breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories,
and sodium – while encouraging students to choose from the fruits, vegetables, and whole
grains offered with school meals.

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