Fresh Picks Café is proud to announce that on March 13, Profile Regional High School in Bethlehem, New Hampshire was recognized as the top achieving small high school in the New Hampshire School Breakfast Challenge. Dawn Pelletier, Fresh Picks Café Food Director at Profile since 2005, accepted the honor at an awards breakfast attended by New Hampshire business and political leaders including Governor Hassan and the New Hampshire Executive Council.
Launched in October of 2013 by New Hampshire Kids Count, the New Hampshire Department of Education, New England Dairy & Food Council and the School Nutrition Association of New Hampshire, the Breakfast Challenge rallies schools to increase breakfast participation by 25% over two years.
The jump in participation at Profile Regional High School far exceeded the goal of the Challenge—rising 172% among free and reduced price students and 181% among all students between October 2013 and October 2014.
What made the difference? “We started offering an additional opportunity to eat breakfast later in the morning from 9 to 9:30am,” says Pelletier.
Prior to October 2013, breakfast at Profile Regional was served once a day, first thing in the morning before classes began, from 7 to 7:35am. This gave students insufficient time to eat, especially when the school buses arrived late.
Many complained of headaches or had trouble paying attention in class. These problems have declined since Fresh Picks Café started serving a second breakfast.
“Serving a nutritious breakfast at school not only alleviates hunger, but, as research documents, improves concentration and test scores, lowers discipline issues and increases school attendance,” says Ellen Fineberg, executive director of New Hampshire Kids Count. “We congratulation the year-one award winners for providing a good foundation for their students to succeed in the classroom.”