Oakland Unified Celebrates National School Breakfast Week

Breakfast After the Bell programs are increasing the number of students who eat a nourishing breakfast. Photo courtesy of No Kid Hungry.

It’s National School Breakfast Week (March 5–9). The Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and national anti-hunger campaign No Kid Hungry marked the occasion together at Futures Elementary School and REACH Academy, where Bay Area chefs led activity stations and cooking demos and helped serve breakfast to students. In partnership with No Kid Hungry, the District provided 1.4 million breakfasts in the last year. Oakland’s Breakfast After the Bell program offers options beyond the standard cafeteria breakfast provided before school starts: Some schools now offer a classroom breakfast or a grab n’ go option available during a mid-morning passing break. Breakfast After the Bell programs are currently offered in 23 Oakland public schools, a number that will increase to 30 by the end of the year. OUSD intends to have them on all campuses by 2022. Info: here or nokidhungry.org