Feed­ing kids for a brighter fu­ture

The Queensland Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: ROB WIL­LIAMS

HEALTHY START: La­bor can­di­date for Jor­dan Charis Mullen with YMCA Spring­field Lakes Com­mu­nity Cen­tre man­ager El­lie Doyle.

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