Families Making the Connection

It takes a village. Helping students to eat healthy has the greatest impact when everyone is involved—teachers, cafeteria staff and families. Offering healthy meals and snacks at home gives children the chance to practice the good nutrition they learn about in school. It takes some guidance. Wondering what “good nutrition” really means? MyPyramid for Kids is a great place to start. Go to www.mypyramid.gov to learn about the pyramid’s food groups. Once there, you’ll also discover how to choose smart foods from each group. It takes encouragement. Be a cheerleader for good nutrition at your child’s school. School meals are a nutrientrich option for your child. Encourage your child’s healthy eating habits by supporting school meals!
Monday, March 1

Wilkes County Elementary Schools

Tuesday, March 2 Egg & Cheese Biscuit or Cereal w/Cinnamon Toast Oven Baked Chicken Mashed Potatoes Lima Beans Glazed Carrots Pineapple Tidbits Whole Wheat Roll Tuesday, March 9

Wednesday, March 3 French Toast Sticks or Cereal w/Graham Crackers (2 packs)

Thursday, March 4 Blueberry Muffin w/Toast or Cereal w/Cheese Toast Chili Cheese Nachos Pinto Beans Corn on the Cob Jello w/Fruit Orange Wedges

Friday, March 5

Sausage Biscuit or Cereal w/Buttered Toast

Gravy Biscuit or Cereal w/Graham Crackers (2 packs)

Pizza Tossed Salad Whole Kernel Corn Green Beans Fresh Apple

Rib-B-Que on Bun Oven Fries (Baked) Cole Slaw Baked Beans Pear Halves Wednesday, March 10 Pancake on a Stick or Cereal w/Graham Crackers (2 packs) Fish Treasures Potato Rounds Cole Slaw Green Peas Jello w/Fruit Hushpuppies

Fish Sandwich Potato Rounds Cole Slaw Green Peas Mandarin Oranges

Monday, March 8 Breakfast Pizza or Cereal w/Graham Crackers (2 packs) Hamburger Oven Fries (Baked) Lettuce, Tomato & Pickles Trail Mix Fresh Fruit

Thursday, March 11 Hot Pocket or Cereal w/Graham Crackers (2 packs) Scrambled Eggs & Sausage Patty Biscuit & Gravy Hashbrowns Baked Apples Orange Wedges

Friday, March 12

March
Nutrition Month Peanut Month Frozen Food Month Celery Month Noodle Month School Breakfast Week (8th— 12th) Chocolate Week (14th-20th) Cereal Day (7th) Pecan Day (25th)

Sausage Biscuit or Cereal w/Cinnamon Toast Chicken Nuggets Mashed Potatoes Green Beans Cole Slaw Fruit Smoothie Whole Wheat Roll

NO SCHOOL

Fit Foundations

Monday, March 15 French Toast Sticks French Toast Sticks or Cereal w/Buttered Toast

Tuesday, March 16 Steak Biscuit Steak Biscuit or Cereal w/Graham Crackers (2 packs) Chicken Fillet SW Lettuce & Tomato Potato Rounds Mandarin Oranges Applesauce

Wednesday, Waffles w/Fruit March 17 Waffles w/Fruit or Cereal w/Cheese Toast

Thursday, March 18 Egg & Cheese Egg & Cheese Biscuit or Cereal w/Cinnamon Toast Grilled Cheese SW Vegetable Beef Soup Carrot Sticks w/Dip Orange Wedges Jello w/Fruit Thursday, March Eggs, Grits & Toast 25 Eggs, Grits & Toast or Cereal w/Cinnamon Toast

Friday, March 19 Gravy Biscuit Gravy Biscuit or Cereal w/Graham Crackers (2 packs) Cheeseburger Lettuce, Tomato & Pickles Oven Fries (Baked) Pineapple Tidbits Applesauce Friday, March 26 Gravy Biscuit Gravy Biscuit or Cereal w/Graham Crackers (2 packs) Corn Dog Baked Beans Peas & Carrots Oven Fries (Baked) Applesauce

National School Breakfast Week March 8-12
Ready?
A nutritious school breakfast makes children ready for a day at school. They are better able to learn, play, run and dream. School breakfast makes children ready for anything and everything!

Sliced Ham w/Macaroni & Cheese Corn on the Cob Green Beans Mixed Fruit Strawberry Cup Biscuit Monday, March 22

Spaghetti w/Meat Sauce Tossed Salad Green Beans Sliced Peaches Fresh Apple Garlic Toast Wednesday, March 24 French Toast Sticks French Toast Sticks or Cereal w/Graham Crackers (2 packs)
Oven Baked Chicken Mashed Potatoes Great Northern Beans Glazed Carrots Baked Apples Whole Wheat Roll

Tuesday, March 23

Set?
School breakfast sets children up for success by nourishing their bodies as well as their minds. Students who eat breakfast have higher math and reading scores. They are able to pay attention longer. They have less behavior problems, absences and tardiness. They also make fewer trips to the school nurse’s office.

Chicken Biscuit or Cereal w/Cheese Toast

Blueberry Muffin w/Toast or Cereal w/Buttered Toast Pizza Tossed Salad Corn on the Cob Green Beans Fresh Apple Tuesday, March 30

Mini Burgers Potato Rounds Cole Slaw Black-eyed Peas Pear Halves

Taco w/Beef & Cheese Lettuce & Tomato Whole Kernel Corn Sliced Peaches Fresh Fruit

Go?
Where can your child go for a healthy, balanced meal that meets the Dietary Guidelines for Americans? Look no further than your local School Breakfast Program. School breakfast focuses on the guidelines’ Food Groups to Encourage: fruits, veggies, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy.
Developed by the Division of Public Health, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services with funding from Child Nutrition Services, N.C. Department of Public Instruction. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, these institutions are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 800.795.3272 (voice) or 202.720.6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. 05/09 www.ncdhhs.gov • www.nutritionnc.com

Monday, March 29

Wednesday, March 31 Pancake on a Stick or Cereal w/Graham Crackers (2 packs) Fish Treasures Potato Rounds Cole Slaw Green Peas Jello w/Fruit Hushpuppies

‘Food for Thought’ Factoids Expanding Breakfast
Breakfast in the Classroom: More students eat breakfast when it is served in the classroom. Breakfast Break: Older students may not be hungry or have time to eat breakfast early in the morning. A short break between periods allows them to eat breakfast and get the nutrition they need. • Some schools see close to 100% participation by getting kids organized at the start of their day. They all eat in one place instead of

Breakfast Pizza or Cereal w/Graham Crackers (2 packs) Chicken Nuggets Mashed Potatoes Green Beans Cole Slaw Fruit Smoothie Whole Wheat Roll

Sausage Biscuit or Cereal w/Cinnamon Toast

Sources: www.schoolnutrition.org and www.nutritionexplorations.org/sfs/programs_breakfast.asp

Hamburger Oven Fries (Baked) Lettuce, Tomato & Pickles Trail Mix Fresh Fruit