Hamilton County School Nutrition Program offers breakfast in 66 of its 70 cafeterias. We are committed to improving the academic performance of students through providing nutritional meals at breakfast.

Why Eat Breakfast?

Research shows that breakfast helps students in many ways, including:

  • Increases energy. When you wake up from sleeping, your body is in "fasting mode". Since it hasn't eaten in several hours, it slows your body down because it doesn't have much fuel. Eating in the morning "breaks the fast"! You will feel more awake, have more energy, and feel better during the day (1).
  • Improves grades. Students who eat breakfast earn higher scores on tests (1-3). This is because you will have an increased attention span, better focus, less absences, and less behavior problems (2,3). You can't just eat breakfast on test day! Eat breakfast every day so that you will learn the material better.
  • Supports healthier eating patterns. Students who eat breakfast at school have improved nutrition, eat more fruits, drink more milk, and consume a wider variety of foods than those who don't eat breakfast OR eat breakfast at home (1,3).
  • Contributes to a healthy weight. People who eat breakfast tend to have a healthier weight (1,3). This is because they feel full in the morning and do not overeat later (1).

What Should I Eat for Breakfast?

Breakfast componentsThe best combination of nutrients at breakfast is carbohydrates for energy, mixed with protein to make you feel full. Milk is a great source of protein at breakfast and is available with every school breakfast. Each carton of milk contributes 1/4 of the protein a 9-13 year-old needs for the whole day! (4) Here are some examples of other carbohydrate & protein combinations available at school:

  • Yogurt with Toast or Graham Crackers
  • Peanut Butter with Toast or Graham Crackers
  • Scrambled Eggs with Toast
  • Cereal with Milk
  • Omelet with Toast
  • Pancake with Sausage

You can review the breakfast menu at Menus & Prices.

Additional Resources

USDA Breakfast Pattern
What Makes a School Breakfast


(1) Fuel Up to Play 60. "Breakfast at School: Fast and Healthy Food for Thought".

(2) Food Research Action Center. "School Breakfast Program". 2010.

(3) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Nutrition for Everyone. 4 Oct 2012.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.