Breaking the fast together
STUDENTS at Echuca East Primary School were among 500 schools who marked five million breakfasts served since the Victorian school breakfast club program commenced in 2016.
The program, delivered in partnership with Foodbank Victoria, helps students at Echuca East Primary School get a healthy start to their school day.
Each term, Foodbank delivers the healthy breakfast menu of Victorianmanufactured oats, Vita Brits, wholegrain Cheerios, muesli, UHT milk, baked beans, fresh apples, canned fruit and fruit cups.
The program serves 50,000 breakfasts every week and inde- pendent research showed 81 per cent of schools reported improved student concentration because of the breakfasts.
“We have about 50 students attend breakfast club on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week,” principal Lyn Strachan said
“Echuca East Primary School and families place significant value on the program. For a multitude of reasons, some children are not eating breakfast at home, or are travelling distance on the bus and just need a top up.
“It is such a lovely positive cafe style environment, where all students have positive interactions with the staff who volunteer their time to run the breakfast club.
“If we can support our students to start the day with good fuel in their stomachs, that goes a long way to support the best social, emotional and academic outcomes for the students.”
Foodbank Victoria chief executive Dave McNamara said the breakfasts were also providing a great informal learning environment for students.
“Students are developing leadership skills. They’re developing confidence and expanding their social skills by interacting with volunteers, who are positive role models, as well as older and younger students. They’re learning valuable life skills,” he said.
Echuca East Primary School students Jade McDonald, Noah Parkinson, Taszman Gardner, Max Potter, Azarlia Reade and Paige Hall.