Bagel Bar Makes Breakfast More Appealing

By Richard Wu ’15

The breakfast line grew to new lengths as many students rushed to try out the new “Bagel Bar” in the cafeteria.

“At first, I didn’t think the new bagels would taste any better than the normal breakfast the cafeteria usually serves. To my surprise, I ended up really enjoying the bagel because it was more filling and tasty,” said Haofeng Li’15.

From Monday, March 31 through Friday, April 11, students who ate school breakfast could also picked up an extra bagel. However, these were not just any bagels that the cafeteria served. According to Ms. Cathy Cinquemani, one of the lunch ladies, these bagels were fresh. They have never been frozen and are delivered daily from a bakery.

Students got to choose from a variety of bagels including cinnamon, sesame and plain. Cream cheese, peanut butter, grape jelly, and apple jelly were provided as spreads.

“The children are enjoying the bagel bar so far. Last week, approximately 260 kids ate breakfast a day.  Since the bagel bar started, we fed 150 more kids a day,” said Ms. Cinquemani.

The goal of the bagel bar is to get more kids to eat breakfast. Many students skip this important meal because often the food served is not too appealing, and they don’t have time to eat. The bagel is not only tasty, but it is also convenient. Students can quickly prepare a bagel in the cafeteria and bring it up with them to class if teachers allow it.

“I usually never eat breakfast, but since the new bagels were added, I started going to second period with a bagel I made at the end of first period,” said Jacky Cham ‘15.

According to Ms. Cinquemani, Midwood is the only

school approved by a program to receive extra funding to attract more students to eat breakfast. The program was established in 1966 with the purpose of encouraging kids to eat healthier.

Initially, the program gave enough funding for two weeks of the bagel bar. However, if enough students eat breakfast because of the bagel bar, the program might provide more funding.

“We are hoping that students take advantage of the free breakfast so that funding may continue next year,” said Ms. Cinquemani.

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