In Aboriginal communities, this ratio is actually

1 in 2

In Canada,

1 child in 5

is at risk of starting the school day on an empty stomach due to a lack of access to nutritious food.

And among immigrants and newcomers, the risk is

2.5 times higher

than the general population.

That means that

Nearly 1 million Canadian CHILDREN

are at risk of

getting nothing to eat

before they go to school in the morning.

Think about that: Nearly 1 million. That's enough to fill

20,833

school buses

And that doesn't even
count those who neglect
to have breakfast because

  • they don't feel hungry

  • or
  • don't have enough time.

By the time they are 15 years old,

a quarter of Canadian youth

say they go to school without breakfast.

impacts

Food insecurity and poor lifestyle choices
have significant repercussions on the health and education of our youth.

health

Good eating habits and overall health and wellness go hand in hand.

Poor nutrition in children increases the risk of developing:

  • Chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease

  • Mental health problems (poor self-esteem and anxiety)

education
breakfast is brain food

Children should
go to school hungry
for knowledge, not hungry for food.

When you realize that 60% of learning happens before lunch, it becomes clear why breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day.

When children get a balanced meal in a positive, stimulating environment, there are marked improvements in:

  • Behaviour and concentration

  • Academic performance

  • Social skills, self-confidence  and the ability to interact with  peers and adults

  • Overall interest in the subjects being taught

  • Incidents of bullying