Pita Pit and the Club Team-Up to Build Healthy Schools in Muskoka Region
In Muskoka, Ontario many schools offer a school breakfast club. Now Breakfast Club of Canada is increasing this support through a new and important corporate partnership between the Club and Pita Pit.
Pita Pit owner, Andrew Bridle, is a man with a social mission to increase food literacy knowledge, food access and overall healthy food choices for children and youth. As a result, Pita Pit offers Muskoka schools an innovative lunch option combined with a social purpose! Like a typical school “pizza day”, students can order a delicious and healthy pita, personally suited to each students’ preferences. This gives parents a break from making a full lunch, while also delivering a popular approach to the student’s lunch experience!
Now, Breakfast Club of Canada and Pita Pit have joined forces, recognizing that Muskoka school breakfast clubs could be further supported by a Pita Pit Lunch Program partnership. For every healthy pita that is sold, Pita Pit will be donating back 25 cents to Breakfast Club of Canada. The price of the pitas will not increase, but student access to healthy meals will!
In addition to the 25 cent donation, Pita Pit offers a Donate a Pita option which allows parents the chance to “pay it forward” by donating pitas to students who are not able to purchase one themselves. Andrew offers these pitas at a lower cost, allowing schools maximum feeding power.
Andrew’s purpose for this project is not to turn profit. The development of this program and partnership stems from a much deeper place than profitability. Growing up, Andrew depended on his school’s breakfast program each day, just like 1 in 7 students in Canada do. He knows from first-hand experience that access to a healthy breakfast in school gave him an equal chance to succeed. Today, he operates his life and successful businesses with that in mind.
“This is what collective impact is all about,” says Kelli Deering-Ebbs, the Club’s Ontario First Nations, Metis and Inuit Program Advisor. “Partnerships with a social purpose like this one not only educate and nurture the students on the receiving end, but they also enrich those delivering them. Pita Pit, Breakfast Club of Canada, and many, many supportive breakfast volunteers and school staff are serving a massive need, while shedding light on the vulnerability of those faces of hunger, regardless of demography or geography. We are all doing so with the ultimate goal to eliminate hunger in schools.”