Midview Schools Receive Recognition for Breakfast & Beyond
Midview Local Schools received recognition for the 2020-2021 Breakfast & Beyond from the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge. Midview Schools were recognized for their innovative and collaborative approach to maximize participation in meal programs, ensuring all students have access to school meals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ohio School Breakfast Challenge mission is to increase access and participation in the School Breakfast and School Meal Programs, ensuring Ohio students start each day ready to learn. School districts that submitted a Breakfast & Beyond story, received a “Super Star” electronic medallion to place on their school website, menus and other community focused communications. The medallion signifies their distinguished work in serving Breakfast & Beyond.
For their part, Midview staff, teachers and parents were proactive, tackling the issue of how to distribute food to students head-on early in the pandemic. The Food Service Department developed a system to prepare, seal and deliver meal bags to all students at each school site. Food Service staff met frequently to discuss needs and had additional training to adjust to the changing environment and service throughout the shuttering of the district. Transportation worked with food service to deliver meal bags to students at their school buildings. Bus drivers were assigned to buses according to their route so students and families were familiar with them, and teachers assisted in serving the bags to students. All of the meals for students are free of charge.
This work has had tremendous results, with schools in the Midview District seeing much greater participation in school breakfasts. West Elementary School has seen an increase of 100 students for breakfast and 50 for lunch. North Elementary School has seen an increase of over 70 students for both breakfast and lunch. Midview Middle School has increased breakfast participation by more than 60 students, while East Intermediate School is seeing more than 40 additional students participate in breakfast, and 30 for lunch.
Director of Food Services Sharon Henry said she was proud of the recognition from the Ohio Breakfast Challenge. “It’s nice to be recognized, and it’s especially nice for all of the hard work our staff has put in during the pandemic to be acknowledged,” she said.
A selection of these “Super Star” Breakfast & Beyond stories will be highlighted and shared on an ongoing basis (February thru May 2021) with all Ohio School Breakfast Challenge partners, our Ohio education associations and their membership, and other education, health and child focused organizations.
The Ohio Department of Education, American Dairy Association Mideast, Children’s Hunger Alliance and Ohio School Nutrition Association are proud sponsors of the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge.
“We are truly grateful for our amazing food service department,” said Midview Superintendent Dr. Bruce Willingham. “Their dedication and commitment to our students has been remarkable and they’ve earned every recognition.”
For more information on the Ohio School Breakfast Challenge, please visit: www.ohioschoolbreakfastchallenge.com.