New Braunfels ISD Child Nutrition Services and Southwest Foodservice Excellence (SFE) have received a Nutrition Now Dairy Max grant to enhance our breakfast program and support local dairy farmers. The grant, totaling $21,693, will be utilized to acquire seven grab & go breakfast carts, which will be placed at specific campuses to address breakfast participation challenges.

“I think they will be useful to increase access to breakfast, which is our goal in all of this, and we can adjust the program as we go to meet our students’ needs,” said Celeste Windham, SFE dietitian and nutrition coordinator.

The effort to apply and obtain this grant was spearheaded by Windham. The idea came forward by focusing on campuses with identified struggles in breakfast participation.

Those campuses included New Braunfels High School, Ninth Grade Center, New Braunfels Middle School, Oak Run Middle School, Voss Farms Elementary, Klein Road Elementary and Veramendi Elementary. The funds will be available for cart purchases in February, with the flexibility to relocate them to address emerging needs, if necessary.

The carts will feature a variety of dairy-heavy breakfast items, promoting dairy products while ensuring a balanced and nutritious start to the day. Some highlighted items include yogurt parfaits, muffin/string cheese combinations, overnight oats, smoothies, and classic cereal with milk. The program remains adaptable, with the option to introduce hot items based on student preferences and needs.

“We are excited about the positive impact these carts will have on increasing access to breakfast for our students,” said Bill Hathaway, NBISD Director of Child Nutrition. “Our goal is to support the evolving needs of our students, ensuring they have a healthy and fulfilling start to their day.”

Dairy Max is a non-profit dairy council that represents more than 900 dairy farm families across eight states and works to feed millions daily. To learn more, please visit their website.