We all know that breakfast is the "most important meal of the day" but many of us still don’t get the nutrition we need in the morning. It's important that our students get off to a good start every morning, and that is why many schools now offer breakfast programs.
Schools and communities have been working together for years to address this problem. Breakfast for Learning, a national non-profit dedicated solely to this cause, was formed Schools and communities have been working together for years to address this problem. Breakfast for Learning, a national non-profit dedicated solely to this cause, was formed in 1992 when a small group of dedicated people realized this was an issue across the country. Today, BFL boasts a network of 30,000 volunteers.
Another similar organization, Breakfast Clubs of Canada, was launched in 2005. Last year, Breakfast Clubs of Canada helped serve over 16 million breakfasts and over 106,000 children in hundreds of school breakfast programs across Canada, including several programs in Anglophone East School District!
Each school in Anglophone East School District operates its breakfast program independently. They are often organized and run by volunteers, not staff... sometimes parents, sometimes members of local churches or other community groups. Funding for these programs comes from a wide variety of sources as well – sometimes in the form of cash, sometimes donations of food and supplies. Every little bit helps.
And of course all breakfasts are not created equal. A healthy breakfast should contain at least 2 of the 4 food groups such as a bowl of whole grain cereal with milk and fresh berries. Our schools work hard to provide the most nutritious options, many with a variety of choices that will appeal to the pickiest taste buds.
If you would like to volunteer or donate to support a breakfast program, contact your local school.