Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Universal School Breakfast - Innovative Program of Free Student Meals
Better 4 You Meals is a Commerce, California, catering company that provides school children throughout the greater Los Angeles area with healthy meal options that also taste good. Better 4 You Meals emphasizes innovative school food offering strategies, including the Universal School Breakfast concept. This approach centers on school programs that provide students with breakfast at no charge, whatever their eligibility status.
The strategy is designed to enable maximum participation in programs that ensure that students of low-income are receiving balanced nutrition at the start of their academic day. It stands in contrast to traditional school breakfast offerings in which the meal is either paid for fully by students, provided at a reduced cost, or free.
Unfortunately, traditional programs deter participation in programs by schoolchildren, particularly as stigmas associated with economic status come to the fore in junior high and high school. Through a Universal School Breakfast program, the sense that food programs are for “poor kids” is eliminated.
The program enables schools with a significant majority of students eligible for reduced-price and free meals to make up for the cost of losing paid meals through increased participation rates and a process of receiving federal reimbursements. It is important to note that schools must achieve National School Lunch Program approval before qualifying for subsidy/reimbursement programs.