By: Krissa Scarberry
After a few years of Grab-n-Go lunch, Grab-n-Go breakfast is now and option here at the school. Grab-n-Go breakfast is one 3 options that are listed in the 2013 West Virginia “Feed to Achieve” Act. This new law was put in place to ensure that every child in West Virginia is offered the opportunity to receive a minimum of two meals per day. Other options include Breakfast after 1st period, and breakfast in the classroom. Grab-n-Go is the most popular program offered in West Virginia.
“The goal was to offer additional opportunities for students to receive nutritious meals and be ready to learn.” Said School Nutrition Program Director Debbie Harper.
Grab-n-Go breakfast is available at the concession stand in the main lobby of the school. It is available every morning, and students may pick up a bagged breakfast and go, in exchange for their student ID number. Grab-n-Go breakfast may be eaten in the time before school starts, or in the first five minutes of 1st period.
“During this 2014-15 school year, meal counts for breakfast have gone from a low of 39 to a high of 182. While the number of students taking the grab-n-go has gone from 7-60, Ripley High School averaged 169 breakfast served per day in October 2014 as compared to an average of 173 per day in October 2013.” Said Harper.
“I never used to eat breakfast in the mornings because it always took away time for me to hang out with my friends. The only bad part about it is that it makes me sleepy in first period, but overall I think it was a great idea,” said freshman Donovan Jeffers.
Grab-n-go breakfast is the newest addition to the school’s meal plan and seems to be a good strategy this school year. Many students are taking this opportunity and using it to their advantage. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make sure you stop by and see what’s on the menu.