Chartwells School Dining Services Celebrates National School Breakfast Week

  Chartwells School Dining Services Celebrates National School Breakfast Week

         Educates Families on the Importance of a Balanced Breakfast

Business Wire

RYE BROOK, N.Y. -- February 26, 2013

For over 45 years, the National School Breakfast Program has been a key factor
in fueling the bodies and minds of millions of American school children.
Chartwells School Dining Services provides over 2.7 million breakfasts daily
in schools nationwide. This year, Chartwells schools celebrate National School
Breakfast Week, (March 4-8) with special events and foods that give students
the fuel they need for a productive day at school.

There are many benefits to eating breakfast. Studies indicate that children
who eat breakfast are more likely to:

  *Make healthy food choices throughout the day
  *Are more physically active and have healthier body weights than those who
    skip breakfast
  *Perform better in school and have greater school attendance rates
  *Have improved standardized achievement test scores
  *Get the vitamins and minerals they need for the entire day

Kim Salahie, Director of Culinary Development at Chartwells School Dining
Services, said, “We serve popular and healthy breakfast foods that students
will enjoy when they join us for breakfast at school, such as whole grain
cereals, low fat milk, fruit and yogurt parfaits, cinnamon cranberry oatmeal
and hot breakfast sandwiches. Breakfast is really worth getting up for, it’s
easy, a great value and it’s a satisfying meal.”

Celebrate a Simply Good Breakfast with Chartwells

Chartwells promotes breakfast through its Simply Good program; the program
includes featured food items, monthly food focuses and chef demonstrations, as
well as breakfast recipes that include fresh and locally sourced fruits and
vegetables that can easily be incorporated into popular breakfast meals.

The school breakfast program at Chartwells is designed to deliver convenient
and nutritious meals for students to start their day off right and relieve
parents of the stress of getting a healthy breakfast on the table. The program
helps students ‘fuel up’ for a full day’s work with kid-friendly foods that
are both tasty and convenient. Breakfast foods include a wide variety of whole
grains, fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy and lean proteins.

To celebrate National School Breakfast Week March 4-8^th in Chartwells’
schools across the nation, students are encouraged to wake up for breakfast
and see what’s happening in their school cafeteria:

  *“Breakfast club cards” are used to encourage students to eat breakfast at
    school on a regular basis, giving them rewards for being a repeat
    breakfast customer.
  *Meal combos bundle popular breakfast foods to create a complete meal for
    student diners so a complete breakfast is only a “grab and go” away.
  *Chartwells chefs conduct culinary demonstrations featuring sample items
    such as yogurt parfaits, oatmeal mix-ups, breakfast crepes, and easy
  *Food displays are a great way to allow students to try foods that are new
    to them such as whole grains, berries, seeds and nuts, all of which can be
    part of a nutritious breakfast.
  *“Breakfast or Brunch for Lunch” is a fun twist where breakfast foods are
    showcased at lunch time. This promotes and encourages students to sample
    and check out breakfast, which is served every morning at school.

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About Chartwells School Dining Services

Chartwells, a division of Charlotte, NC-based Compass Group, provides dining
services for over 550 public school districts and private schools, comprising
over 6000 separate elementary, middle and high schools nationwide. For more
information about Chartwells School Dining Services, visit


Chartwells School Dining Services
Karen Dittrich, 914-935-5494
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