Supporting Your Local Breakfast Clubs

Kids Eat Smart Breakfast Clubs are knit within the fabric of our schools throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.  Currently, within 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 food, at no cost to families.

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. It is with the continued support of our generous partners, donors, school communities and dedicated volunteers that, together, we ensure that every school age child and youth have access to the nutrition they need to learn, grow, and to be their very best.

Kids Eat Smart Foundation supports the 267 active Kids Eat Smart Clubs throughout the province by providing funding for food and equipment as well as program support, educational, volunteer recruitment, outreach, fundraising and menu planning support.

There are many ways that you can support your local breakfast club in the city or town where you live, work and play:


Donate online and designate your donation to your specific school.


In-Kind Donations: Donate Food Items directly to your school’s KES Club (following approved KES Grocery List – please contact your school)


Host a fundraising event in your community or workplace and designate the funds raised to your schools KES Club.

For more information visit www.kidseatsmart.ca or contact our office at 709.722.1996

Back to School 2021: Every Breakfast. Every Child. Every School Day. We will be there.

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.

 

Open Letter: We remain dedicated to our children during COVID-19.

Dear Partners, Donors, Volunteers and Families,

As we know, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 16 our whole world changed when our schools closed.  We wondered how we would help our children in these uncertain times.  Our initial reaction was to distribute any food in our KES Breakfast Clubs to children and families in need.  Over $100,000 in food was distributed to families throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

We remain dedicated to our children, to their health and their well-being.  We continue to work with our donors to provide food for our children who are in desperate need.  Last week, thanks to a generous donor, we distributed 55 food hampers to families.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the reality is children and their families need food now.  In the coming weeks and months, we will continue to work with our Government and Food First NL to reach as many families as possible through the COVID-19 Community Food Program Support Fund.  We will also work directly with our donors and partners to ensure food is available to children in need.

Thank you.

We commend the efforts of like-minded organizations, throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, who provide meals and services to our children each day.

Appreciation and best wishes go to our front-line workers in our health care system, our grocery and trucking industries who work tirelessly to ensure we are safe and that we have the essential services and supplies needed to fight this horrible virus.  Our one simple request is that you please take care of yourselves.

We have received many urgent calls and emails from concerned donors, community leaders and our school community about our children and the new reality of the desperate situations many families find themselves in today.  We want to assure you that we are here, we will be here, and we will continue working with our donors and partners to provide food for our children and their families.

Once this is over, and our schools re-open, we will be here to provide nutritious food at school so children start their days well nourished and ready to learn.

 

Sincerely,

Celina Stoyles

Executive Director