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Impact of Breakfast in the Classroom on Participation and Food Waste
- Farris, Alisha R., Roy, Manan, Serrano, Elena L., Misyak, Sarah
- Journal of nutrition education and behavior 2019 v.51 no.7 pp. 893-898
- breakfast, cheeses, elementary schools, food intake, food waste, fruit juices, fruits, rural areas, school breakfast, snack foods, snacks, Virginia
- To investigate differences in school breakfast participation and food waste in 1 school district before and after the adoption of Breakfast in the Classroom.Using a pretest-posttest design, participation and food waste were measured from 7 elementary schools in a rural area of southwest Virginia during the 2014–2015 school year. Participation and waste were measured on 4 days in each school (twice before and twice after Breakfast in the Classroom implementation) using the quarter-waste method.Across all schools, food waste decreased from 43.0% to 38.5% with Breakfast in the Classroom, with significant decreases for entrée items, juice, and savory snack foods (P < .01). Fruit and cheese items generated the greatest amount of food waste at 58.2% and 49.0%, respectively.Breakfast in the Classroom may be an effective tool to decrease food waste while improving dietary intake. Future research is needed among more diverse populations.