The breakfast in the classroom initiative takes the traditional school breakfast approach and improves it with one key ingredient: the classroom.

The approach is simple. Children eat together in the classroom, usually the homeroom, at the start of the school day, after the morning bell. They enjoy nutritionally well-balanced foods like breakfast wraps, yogurt, or fruit served directly in their classroom, grabbed from a cart in the hallway, or picked up in the cafeteria and taken to the classroom. Students then eat breakfast while the teacher takes attendance, collects homework or teaches a short lesson plan so that no instructional time is lost.

The result? Less hunger and improved academic performance, health, and behavior.