In Canada, 1 in 3 children are at risk of going to school hungry.
We are no different here in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Every Breakfast. Every Child. Every School Day.
We will be there.
With Summer break coming to a close, the new school year is set to begin.
For many students, September brings the excitement of seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and learning the names of new teachers. For many families, it is a return to the routines of early mornings, packing lunches, making sure bookbags are ready, and running to catch the bus. Unfortunately, that is not the case for everyone.
Did you know that in Canada, 1 in 3 children are at risk of going to school hungry? We are no different here in Newfoundland and Labrador.
In our Province, we know there are many reasons why children come to school hungry. Some have long bus rides or come from busy households. Others can’t or won’t eat in the morning, and sadly, through no fault of their own, some children do not have food at home. Families are struggling in our province. An estimated 1 in 6 families have no guarantee where they will get their next meal.
That is why Kids Eat Smart Breakfast Clubs are so important. Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. Every day, with the help of thousands of volunteers, our Kids Eat Smart Foundation serves over 31,000 meals to students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
There is a direct relationship between good eating and a child’s ability to concentrate and learn. Principals tell us they observe many benefits from their Breakfast Clubs such as increased attendance rates, improved behavior, and an overall positive impact on their school environments.
At Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador, our vision is that every child in Newfoundland and Labrador attends school well-nourished and ready to learn. Currently, we are in over 94 per cent of our province’s schools. From Labrador to Twillingate, Port aux Basques to St. John’s, and everywhere in between, children start their school day with access to nutritious food, at no cost to families.
It is with the continued support of our generous partners, donors, and dedicated volunteers that we look forward to the new school year. Every Breakfast. Every Child. Every School Day. We will be there.
For more information on Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador visit www.kidseatsmart.ca or call 722-1996.