In 2013 the Denver Foundation awarded the Denver Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Department a 3-year grant to understand the impact of breakfast in the classroom on academic success for Denver students. We hired an independent researcher/evaluator to conduct surveys, focus groups, individual interviews with teachers, student service staff (nurses, psychologists, social workers, and counselors) and parents over the last three years. In addition the researcher also analyzed the impact of the BIC program on student behaviors and academic outcomes.
We are grateful for the support from the Denver Foundation. The research and analysis from DPS teachers, staff and parents with regard to the Breakfast in the Classroom program has provided important data and suggests improvements that will help the FNS team work with schools to feed more students for breakfast. For school year 2015-16 the daily breakfast participation rate was 44%, equivalent to 36,000 meals a day and a 50% increase over the last three years.
If you have comments or questions please feel free to contact us to discuss. And as always we are grateful to Denver parents for allowing us to serve your children healthy, tasty and nutritious school meals.