Pro­vid­ing a good start to the day for Is­land stu­dents

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE -

The pro­vin­cial govern­ment is spend­ing $200,000 an­nu­ally to make sure Is­land chil­dren get a good break­fast.

That money is be­ing aug­mented by lo­cal do­na­tions, fundrais­ing and sup­port from pro­vin­cial and na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The break­fast pro­gram aims to help teach stu­dents pos­i­tive nutri­tion habits and make sure they are well fed head­ing into class.

The P.E.I. Healthy Eat­ing Al­liance, which is jointly funded by the De­part­ments of Education, Early Learn­ing and Cul­ture and Health and Well­ness, has helped se­cure a num­ber of in­creased com­mu­nity sup­ports.

They in­clude: $20,000 from the P.E.I. Egg Farm­ers for school pro­grams for eggs and egg stor­age/cook­ing equip­ment; sub­si­dized milk pur­chases for all break­fast pro­grams cour­tesy of the P.E.I. School Milk Foun­da­tion; $3,000 from the ClarkeSmith Foun­da­tion to fund a work­shop for break­fast pro­gram co-or­di­na­tors - teach­ers, school staff and vol­un­teers; $2,500 from the western re­gion - Sport and Recre­ation Coun­cil for West Prince schools; $1,250 from Farm Credit Canada and $1,000 from Vec­tor Aero­space. Na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions such as Break­fast for Learn­ing and Break­fast Club of Canada also pro­vide fund­ing to some schools.

More than 600 vol­un­teers pro­vide 24,300 break­fasts or snacks to 8,000 stu­dents at school across Prince Ed­ward Is­land each week.

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