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‘Fresh-and-Fast’ Breakfast Program starts

Available at entrance closest to Gym
Philipos Alebachew
To encourage more students to eat breakfast, a rolling cart with bagged meals is available before school hours. On average, more than 27 percent of students ages 12 to 19 skip breakfast. “The CCSD Food department thought that some students might cut breakfast out of their daily diet for many reasons, one being the lack of time,” Food Service Manager Sisco Murillo said. “Having a sack lunch bag ready would help cut some of that time down and provide convenience.”

The CCSD Food Department reached the conclusion that a lack of time is the reason students opt to skip breakfast. To combat this, a breakfast cart is now available at the entrance of the school for convenience. 

Studies have proven that students who eat breakfast at school have improved attendance, are tardy less often, score higher on their math tests, and display good behavior.

Breakfast is very important to wake up the brain; there are several nutrients we need to not only give us energy but some are meant to help us focus,” Food Service Manager Sisco Murillo said. “That is our mission to meet the nutritional needs of students by providing quality meals with exceptional customer service.” 

Approximately 20 bags are prepared each day, with 12-16 students usually grabbing these meals.

“I just don’t have time [to eat breakfast],” senior Ilani Miron said. “It’s been like that since middle school so I’ve just gotten used to not eating breakfast. It’s really convenient because it’s just a grab-and-go and then you have stuff in your stomach for the day, kind of like a form of energy. You’re tired in the morning and once you eat, you seem more awake.”

Meal options differ each day, but all consist of juice, a fruit and varying dairy options. The main breakfast item ranges from cinnamon rolls, muffins, cereal, breakfast sandwiches or burritos.

“For a lot of students, this is a really early start time and they just don’t have time to eat breakfast,” Freshman Studies teacher Kimberly Caipa said. “Kids are probably rushing in the mornings, don’t think that it’s important, and just think that they’ll eat at lunch time.”

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    AngieNov 10, 2023 at

    Will this new opportunity also be implemented at Gate C? It is greatly appreciated as I have sometimes also run out of time and unable to provide my teens with them eating breakfast.

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      Ayma MalikNov 13, 2023 at

      Unfortunately its only available by the Gym doors, but that’s a great point and we’ll bring this up with the food service manager!