2016 Breakfast Challenge Winners!

Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Oregon Dairy and Nutrition Council, and Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs would like to congratulate the winners of the 2016 November School Breakfast Challenge!


The following schools increased participation by the highest percent, connecting more kids to school breakfast.


1st place:  Joseph Lane Middle School, Roseburg Public Schools

2nd place: Turner Elementary School, Cascade School District

3rd place:  Eagle Point High School, Jackson County School District

4th place:  Eastwood Elementary, Roseburg Public Schools


Roseburg has been successful in boosting participation by offering eight different entrees on their breakfast carts, multiple service locations per school, and trainings for principals and teachers about the importance of school breakfast.


Chief Operations Officer Cheryl Northram shares the district’s commitment to nutrition: “Making breakfast part of the school day has so many benefits: teachers have time to connect with their students outside of the classroom and there are no complaints of ‘I’m hungry’ mid-morning. The behaviors we want to see in class are up and referrals to the principal’s office are down.”


At Roseburg, "Child nutrition is everyone's responsibility. We believe it’s essential that all our students start the day with a full belly and a mind ready to learn," says Kyle Micken, Nutrition General Manager.


Second place winner Cascade School District has increased participation by implementing Breakfast in the Classroom. During the Challenge, students earned raffle tickets each time they ate breakfast and winners received school supply gift bags. Eagle Point High in Jackson County School District added second chance breakfast this year and offers two full stations with four nutrition staff to move lots of teens through the line during the short break between classes.


The Let’s Do Breakfast, Oregon! partnership thanks all 100 schools for participating! Collectively, 2016 Breakfast Challenge Schools connected 15,300 kids to breakfast each day in November, that’s 800 more than participated in 2015.


Look for announcements this fall to enroll your school in the 2017 November School Breakfast Challenge! Click here to learn more and access School Breakfast resources.