The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) celebrated National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) with a special visit on Friday, March 6, from Fresh From Florida's Paula Kendrick, who serves as the Food, Nutrition and Wellness Chef for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS).
FDACS Director of Food, Nutrition and Wellness Lakeisha Hood presented a proclamation from Agriculture Commissioner Nicole "Nikki" Fried to the FSDB, proclaiming March 2-6 as National School Breakfast Week in Florida.
The proclamation was presented to Jessica Littlefield, FSDB Director of Culinary Programs, during an "Out of This World" school breakfast celebration hosted by FDACS. The event featured a smoothie bike where teachers pedaled to create delicious smoothies, as well as fresh breakfast foods prepared by Chef Paula. Students enjoyed music, interacted with "Out of This World" characters, and took fun photos using breakfast-themed props.
Watch Dr. Heidi Jordan, FSDB Deaf Elementary School Assistant Principal, pedal on the Smoothie Bike.
"We always focus on the importance of eating breakfast," said Littlefield. "Having FSDB chosen out of so many schools for this particular celebration is an honor, and we hope the party further highlights the significant role proper nutrition plays in children's lives."
At FSDB, approximately 70 percent of students eat breakfast on campus as part of our boarding program. FSDB serves hundreds of breakfast meals daily through the federally funded School Breakfast Program. Our school nutrition professionals prepare breakfast and lunches every day that meet federal nutrition standards – limiting fat, calories, and sodium – while encouraging students to choose from the fruits, vegetables, and whole grains offered with school meals.
"We are always ecstatic for every opportunity to highlight the critical importance of school breakfast to the wellbeing of Florida's students," said Hood. "School breakfast is often the only morning meal available to many children across the state, and the School Breakfast Program ensures that access to a well-balanced meal is available every morning during school."
The "Out of This World" campaign is made possible by the School Nutrition Association and Kellogg's ®.
About National School Breakfast Week
National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program, a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential childcare institutions since 1975.
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a tuition-free state public school and outreach center available to eligible Pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind. At FSDB, students learn how to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. For a campus tour or to inquire about eligibility for enrollment, contact FSDB Parent Services at 904-827-2212 voice or 904-201-4527 videophone. For more information, visit www.fsdbk12.org