Statewide Partnerships for a Healthier Kansas
KAC is one of the five organizations across the state that have joined together to improve the food and beverage environment in Kansas. KAC is working to shape child care settings in Kansas so that children learn healthy habits for life. Helping to create food and beverage environments that ensure healthy options are the routine, easy choice for Kansas children will not only improve their health, but also their ability to learn and their prospects for the future.
The food and beverage environment experienced by children -– in places such as child care settings -– has a significant impact on their health. Improving the food and beverage environment in Kansas is a critical step in ensuring our children develop healthy habits for life. Children’s environments should foster healthy choices by:
- Offering healthy foods -– Eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy will provide the right balance for optimum nutrition.
- Providing more water -– Water is an essential nutrient and keeps kids hydrated so they can play and learn.
- Limiting availability of sugary drinks -– A 20-ounce soda can contain up to 65 grams of sugar. The extra sugar in sodas, energy drinks and sweetened teas and juices contribute to health problems including overweight, obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
Community eligibility is the newest opportunity for schools with high percentages of low-income children to provide breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge. It increases participation in school meal programs, reduces per-meal costs and can boost revenues. In short, it allows for a healthier student body and a healthier school meal budget.
Breakfast in the Classroom
Hungry kids struggle to succeed in school. Many schools offer a healthy breakfast each day before classes start, but a lot of eligible kids don’t participate. To increase breakfast participation through alternative breakfast models, there is an exciting grant opportunity available to high-need Kansas school districts and schools to cover the up-front costs associated with the start-up and implementation of Breakfast in the Classroom and Grab n’ Go programs. Funds cover the purchasing of equipment, outreach materials to parents, communications about the program, training for school employees and other related expenses.
Read our 2016 report on Alternative Breakfast Models and Community Eligibility.
To learn more about Community Eligibility and Breakfast in the Classroom, visit FeedKansasKids.com