Grab-and-go station makes breakfast easy

Staff hand packaged meals to students

Eating a healthy breakfast just got easier for Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School students — even those who don’t get to school until just before the first bell.

Thanks in part to an Action for Healthy Kids grant, the school is piloting a “grab and go” breakfast program, where students can pick up breakfast from a cart set up just inside the main entrance to the school building.

The school cafeteria is still open to serve breakfast from 7:15 to 7:30 a.m. each morning, but from 7:40 to 8 a.m., cafeteria staff will move to the main entrance to serve a variety of “grab and go” items, such as fresh fruit, cereal bars, yogurt, bagels and breakfast sandwiches.

“Research shows that kids do better when they start with a good breakfast,” noted Cheryl Jory, who was involved in getting the grant for the school district.

And, as Middle School Principal Zachary Abbe pointed out, breakfast is free to all students during September.

“It’s a great chance for them to take advantage of this,” Mr. Abbe said.

All families are encouraged to apply for free and reduced-price meals. Applications can be taken at any time during the school year. More information is on the Free and Reduced-Price Meals page.

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