Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam visited Millennia Elementary this morning, handing out stickers and eating a meal of French toast, apples slices and milk with students to promote School Breakfast Week.
“It was great to start the morning off right with whole grains and fresh fruit. The kids loved it,” Putnam said.
Federal standards call for schools to limit calories, increase whole grains and eliminate trans fats in school breakfasts. Putnam's department helped school districts make the changes and promote school breakfast.
“The new and improved concept of school breakfast will not only provide Florida’s next generation with the nutrition they need to get through the day, but will also give them a better chance to excel academically,” Commissioner Putnam said.
Putnam was also drawing attention to connections between good nutrition and academic success. At Millennia, the school has begun giving out breakfast from carts at school entry points before class begins to improve participation.
Florida School Breakfast Week runs from Sept. 16 to 22. School meals are federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Last school year, 124 million school breakfasts were served to Florida schoolchildren, a 5 percent increase from 2011-12.
For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com.