Feeding kids for a brighter future
YMCA Springfield Lakes is calling on donations of breakfast food items in support of its School’s Breakfast Program.
The food drive will run for all of September and October with all donations going towards providing free breakfast to kids at participating local schools.
One in six children are reported to skip breakfast every day across Queensland and YMCA Springfield Lakes centre manager Ellie Doyle said it was this alarming figure that kick-started the breakfast initiative more than 10 years ago.
“The breakfast program is part of our social impact team which has turned into a bit of a competition between all of the YMCA centres to see who can get the most donations,” Ms Doyle said.
“The most important item we’re looking for is cereals, stuff like cornflakes, just the basics, plus we do free Milo and spreads like honey and jam, all non-perishable items.”
Labor candidate for Jordan, Charis Mullen, donated food items earlier this week and said the program was essential for ensuring kids received the most important meal of the day.
“In the short-term without eating breakfast kids can’t concentrate in class and are therefore not learning, but in the longer term, it also means they’re not reaching their academic potential which can mean not having the ability to get a good job later.”
Donations of breakfast food items can be made to YMCA Springfield Lakes.
HEALTHY START: Labor candidate for Jordan Charis Mullen with YMCA Springfield Lakes Community Centre manager Ellie Doyle.