In the fourth week of the school year, the high school opened a breakfast bar located in the concession stand outside of Gym A. The goal of the “grab and go” breakfast is to give students a meal in the morning when their time is limited.
“A lot of students don’t have time to come down to the cafeteria to eat,” said Francine Schmid, the Food Service Director at Shaler Area.
The breakfast bar hasn’t been as successful as the cafeteria workers have hoped, but they believe that’s due to the fact that many students aren’t aware that it exists. The cafeteria has been trying to open a breakfast bar on the main level of the school for years. The goal is to be convenient for the students entering the building. They’ll be able to get breakfast and then head straight to class.
However, the concession stand does not have the same equipment that the cafeteria has. The workers have bring up food that was prepared in the cafeteria.
The “Got Milk?” company provided the high school with two large mobile breakfast carts that can store hot food. One of the carts will be sent to the middle school, while the other will be kept at the high school.
“They’re too big to fit in the elevator, so we’re still trying to figure out a way to use them because we can’t store them in the hallways,” Schmid says.
The concession stand also lacks a student ID scanner for students to pay from their school accounts. The system of payment is based around honesty.
“We rely on your honesty when you buy a breakfast from upstairs. You just have to write down your name and your account number and your account will be charged later,” Schmid said.
Schmid hopes that the breakfast initiative will spread to all the schools in the district. The goal is to make breakfast more accessible to all students.