Brekky is still the best

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

FOOD­BANK WA, along with schools from around Perth, cel­e­brated the 15th an­niver­sary of the School Break­fast Pro­gram with a spe­cial event at Food­bank’s head­quar­ters.

The pro­gram started in 2001 when a num­ber of schools ap­proached Food­bank to re­port that they had a grow­ing num­ber of stu­dents at­tend­ing school not hav­ing eaten any break­fast.

“We started with just 17 schools in 2001 and were sup­port­ing more than 100 schools within four years,” Food­bank WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Greg Heb­ble said.

“Peo­ple find it hard to be­lieve, but we now have more than 18,000 stu­dents a week ac­cess­ing our break­fast clubs. The rea­sons for this vary, but some of the key driv­ers in­clude low in­come, poverty, re­mote­ness and lack of ac­cess to nu­tri­tious food at home.”

Bel­mont Pri­mary School Youth CARE chap­lain David Ward has been run­ning a break­fast club at the school for three years.

He feeds be­tween 20 and 30 school chil­dren break­fast who may have missed out at home.

“The break­fast club, runs ev­ery Mon­day. Tues­day and Thurs­day morn­ings from 8am in our un­der­cover area and is open to ev­ery stu­dent in the school,” he said. “We serve a range of food from fruit, ce­real, yo­ghurt, cheesies, break­fast wraps, toast and pan­cakes; we try and mix it up each week.

“This year, the break­fast club moved from a class­room to the un­der­cover area to make it more ac­ces­si­ble for all stu­dents and to take the stigma out of it be­ing for just those who don’t have food at home.”

He said there were many rea­sons why stu­dents came to school hun­gry.

“Some­times the fam­ily don’t have enough money, or do not have food at home, but for oth­ers they are just in a rush in the morn­ings,” he said.

“We pro­vide a safe en­vi­ron­ment for chil­dren to have break­fast, chat and play be­fore school starts.”

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme­mu­ni­ d446279

Mar­garet Mar­riott, of Warn­bro Com­mu­nity High School, Rex Mil­li­gan, of Healthy Food For All, and Food­bank school break­fast pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Mi­randa Ch­ester with healthy break­fast in­gre­di­ents.

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