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Fundraising set to begin for school breakfast program

GRANDE PRAIRIE (Canada), September 7 2019-As the school year begins to get back into full swing for the 2019/20 year, the Breakfast Club of Canada also prepares once again to launch its back-to-school fundraising campaign.

Campaigns in Grande Prairie will be running until October, primarily through point-of-sale donations through Walmart from Sept. 9 to 15 and Costco from Sept. 12 to Oct. 4, as well as online donations.

Accrued funding will pool with other fundraisers across Canada to supply children with breakfasts nationwide.

The Breakfast Club of Canada currently assists six schools in Grande Prairie to provide daily breakfasts to students who show up hungry for a variety of reasons.

“Students who have a long commute, especially those in rural communities are hungry by the time they get to school,” said Breakfast Club Advisor Amanda Boadi.

“Other students might just not fit breakfast into their schedule or develop poor eating habits.”

According to Boadi, one in four students across Canada go to school hungry. Some of the reasons for this include financial limitations, not having the means to get breakfast or time constraints in schedules or commutes.

The Breakfast Club’s first priority is to assist the 1.5 million kids across Canada currently living in poverty situations. However, their programs are universally acceptable—meaning that any student who comes in will receive a breakfast.

“At the end of the day, a hungry student is a hungry student and we never want to have to turn someone away,” said Boadi.

She also described the positive behavioral impact of the program for students, as feedback from schools indicated a direct inverse correlation between giving breakfasts to students and how many students were sent to the principal.

“Think about yourself when you’re ‘hangry.’ If you then think about a child now in that situation they might not have the emotional maturity yet to express why they’re agitated,” said Boadi.

Students have also been reported to maintain a greater ability to focus, channel their energy and control over their emotions after they have been properly fed.

The Breakfast Club also serves a community role that encourages students who may have previously objected to going to school.

“We see a lot of Breakfast Program students who might not want to go to school because they don’t have enough friends or they feel they don’t have a place socially,” said Boadi.

“The Breakfast Program is a really easy way for them to interact with the teachers running the program and sit with somebody who’s either their friend or can become a few friend.”

Schools can apply for support from the Breakfast Club of Canada online at www.breakfastclubcanada.org. Donations can also be given here. (www.dailyheraldtribune.com)

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