June 14, 2014 |
A statewide effort to get more students to eat breakfast is yielding surprisingly positive results. In a recent contest, Philadelphia's Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences, a middle school, beat out 900 other Pennsylvania schools in the so-called School Breakfast Challenge. The school on East Courtland Street in North Philadelphia achieved the largest increase in breakfast participation in the state, improving from 29 percent of students in October 2013 to an average of 77 percent during January through March of this year.
May 25, 2014 |
The most important meal of the day may be the perfect starting point for the beginning of a day trip, a one-week vacation, or the entire summer at the Jersey Shore. There are many who make it a ritual to grab their favorite breakfast grub before hitting the strand or checking in at the rental. And while dining out for breakfast certainly isn't unique to the Shore, the quest to return to a beloved spot for it summer after summer may be, according to Debbie Howarth, an associate professor of sales and marketing at Johnson and Wales University's School of Hospitality in Providence, R.I. Howarth, who grew up going "down the Shore," calls New Jersey "one of the greatest melting pots in the United States . . . where every culture has their ties to food and family.
May 25, 2014 |
The breakfast menu at the Oregon Diner on Friday was hard feelings, over easy as the vanquished Democratic candidates for governor met with winner Tom Wolf and party leaders in a unity ritual. U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, state Treasurer Rob McCord, and Katie McGinty, the former state environmental secretary, and Wolf talked and noshed along with former Gov. Ed Rendell, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, chairman of the city party. No grand communiques emerged, just a reaffirmation that everybody wants to beat Republican Gov. Corbett this fall.
May 5, 2014
PHILLY is increasingly known as a vegan-forward town, with places in most neighborhoods where you can enjoy an animal-free dinner or lunch. But what about breakfast? Recently, a friend staying in town overnight asked for a good weekday vegan breakfast spot, and I was stumped. Partly that's because I tend to be at my house at breakfast time, and partly it's because breakfast flies under the radar: You don't think about it that much until you really need it. I posed the question on the Web and got some great info from fellow vegans and "vegan-friendlies.
March 12, 2014 |
TRENTON New Jersey legislators are pushing to expand access to school breakfast programs in an effort to stem hunger and improve focus in the classroom among the state's youth. An Assembly panel advanced legislation Monday that would require more public schools to offer breakfast. Another bill would encourage school districts and nonpublic schools to serve breakfast in first-period class. The legislative effort comes as more students have become eligible for school breakfast programs, and low-income families have lost assistance from the federal government because of a reduction in food stamp funding.
February 1, 2014 |
New Jersey has shown marked increases in getting low-income children to eat breakfast in school, while Pennsylvania has demonstrated slow improvement in serving the meals. That's the word from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), which released its School Breakfast Scorecard this month. Based in Washington, FRAC is the leading antihunger advocacy group in America. Throughout the country, school-breakfast participation by low-income students is calculated by measuring the number of children eating breakfast compared with those eating lunch.
January 10, 2014
* Stuff yourself with pancakes, sausage and maple syrup, then head out into the crisp winter woods to see how maple syrup is made at Tyler Arboretum's annual Pancake Breakfast and Maple Sugaring Celebration, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 22 (515 Painter Rd., Media, 610-566-9134, ext. 208, TylerArboretum.org ). Hot cocoa and coffee also fuel this journey through the 650-acre arboretum. $12 adults, $6 ages 3-12 and free under 3. Snow date is March 1. * Beck's Kitchen Pantry condiments and spices are now available at Whole Foods Markets in the 'burbs.
October 2, 2013 |
The blueberry muffins are Calvin Bell's favorites, but Monday's apple muffins, plus accompanying pears, clearly hit the spot for the Camden sixth grader and his classmates, who were tucking into their school-provided breakfasts served up during homeroom. "A-OK," was Calvin's verdict. "Delicious. " Last year, his school, Camden's D.U.E. Season Charter School, greatly increased the number of students served the morning meal, according to a new report, by turning to "breakfast after the bell" - offering free and reduced-priced breakfast after the school day's start instead of before it. Calvin, 11, gave the practice a thumbs-up, too. "When you don't eat, you concentrate on your stomach," he said.
September 27, 2013 |
As the leisurely rhythms of summer give way to the more frantic routines of fall, those responsible for feeding a family have the challenge of navigating mealtimes around multiple schedules. I have always felt, and research bears out, that sitting down to eat, even for a few minutes, is better than eating in front of the fridge, or in the backseat of the car. Sit-down meals with others promote better eating habits, better relationships, and even better grades. So how can a busy family manage to eat healthy home-cooked meals here in the real world of competing priorities and overfilled schedules?
September 5, 2013
CAN YOU believe it? Summer is gone and another school year is upon us! While many of us parents are scrambling to lock down new wardrobes, bus schedules and school supplies for our kids, there's one more thing we need to put on the table, literally: breakfast. Breakfast not only helps kids (and adults) maintain a healthy weight, it also gives schoolchildren a cognitive boost, increasing concentration, memory, test scores and even attendance. Countless studies have proved the importance of eating breakfast.