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National School
Breakfast Week

March 4-8, 2024

Surf Board with "Surf's Up with School Breakfast" Written on and under it

Surf's Up with School Breakfast!

This year for NSBW, the theme is Surf's Up! Students who eat breakfast, either at home or at school, are more likely to have increased attentiveness and alertness, improved behavior and performance, and decreased incidences of absenteeism. As a reminder, breakfast (and lunch) are available at no charge to students! Come check out what is going on in your cafeteria this week (and every week) by participating in school breakfast!

SCHOOL YEAR 2023/2024

We are so thrilled to be back in the kitchen and cooking for our students in school this year! Students in all of our schools will be able to enjoy meals in the cafeteria this year! Breakfast protocols are different at each school. Some schools serve breakfast in the classroom, others at kiosks, and still others through the cafeteria line. Every school is different and may not have the same protocol when compared to another school. If you have a specific concern or question about your student's meals or what is happening in that kitchen, you are encouraged to reach out to the kitchen manager at that school for more information. Due to GCPS participating in the CEP program, all meals are available at no cost to students this year. That means FREE! While we are facing some set backs with supply chain disruptions and shortages, we still strive to provide students with a balanced, nutritious meal every single day. It's hard to learn when you're hungry, so we invite all students to participate in our daily school nutrition offerings. We look forward to serving you back in the cafeteria!

Virginia Harvest of the Month

Virginia Harvest of the Month is a program that is designed to increase awareness of and promote the preparation and consumption of local, seasonal fruits and vegetables. As a team, the GCPS' School Nutrition Department will do its best to incorporate each month's harvest onto the menu.

Click the link below to see a month-by-month breakdown of the Virginia Harvest of the Month, complete with fun facts each month!

VDOE Harvest of the Month Graphic 

March's Harvest of the Month is:

Bright Green Fresh Kale

Kale!

Kale is a nutrient-packed green leafy vegetable often referred to as a "superfood".  Kale is part of the cruciferous family, alongside cabbage, collard greens, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts. It is most popularly a bright green vegetable but can come in other colors such as purple. Kale can be enjoyed in a variety of ways including raw (as in salads), steamed, boiled, baked or dehydrated into chips, or as an additive to smoothies and soups to name a few! Kale is naturally low in calories and an excellent source of fiber, Vitamin A, potassium, folate, calcium, Vitamin K, and Vitamin B6. Head to your local farmer's market or grocery store to get some fresh kale. Kale will be appearing on all menus this month!