The Slaight Family Foundation gives $1 million to Breakfast Club of Canada
Toronto, February 10, 2016 – Breakfast Club of Canada is the proud recipient today of a $1 million donation from The Slaight Family Foundation. Thanks to this donation, the Club will be able to add a minimum of 20 breakfast programs across Canada by 2020, providing breakfast to over 2,000 children and youth in rural & remote areas of Saskatchewan and Alberta. It will provide schools with the financial support they need in order to purchase groceries and kitchen equipment.
This initiative also includes support towards the creation of a centralized food procurement and hub distribution system for schools, community partners and school districts. By building partnerships with key stakeholders, working collectively, and leveraging resources, the food procurement strategy has the potential to allow a greater number of students to be reached while keeping food costs low and increasing food variety.
Research has shown that children taking part in a breakfast program demonstrate improved attention, attendance, concentration, and participation, as well as greater self-esteem and reduced incidents of bullying.
“A healthy meal to start a child’s day is crucial in ensuring they are able to thrive, learn and flourish,” says Lisa Clowery, Vice President of National Corporate Relations. “The Club’s mission is to nurture children’s potential and strengthen communities through breakfast programming, and these funds will go a long way in helping us provide breakfast to schools in rural and remote locations.”
Breakfast programs truly have a powerful impact on communities. Not only are they instrumental in providing support, training, and mentorship, but they also ignite change, helping to strengthen the lives of Canadians and build a more resilient nation. La Loche Community School in La Loche, Saskatchewan is one of the schools currently on the Club’s waitlist and was identified as part of the Slaight proposal. “As an organization reaching First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities, the Club was truly shaken by these tragic events,” mentions Daniel Germain, President and Founder of Breakfast Club of Canada. “Assisting La Loche Community School is a top priority and its breakfast program will opened as soon as it is appropriate to do so. The generous support from the Slaight Family Foundation will be pivotal in providing the necessary support and funding to these rural and northern communities.”
About Breakfast Club of Canada
For 20 years, Breakfast Club of Canada has been nourishing children’s potential by making sure that as many of them as possible have access to a healthy morning meal before school in an environment that allows their self-esteem to grow and flourish. But the Club is much more than a breakfast program: we take a broader approach that promotes the core values of engagement, enrichment, and empowerment, and we team up with communities and local partners to develop solutions adapted to their specific needs. Operating from coast to coast, Breakfast Club of Canada helps feed more than 167,000 students every day in 1,455 schools.
Information : Narimane Doumandji (514) 554-3056
Source : Breakfast Club of Canada, Jennifer Robertson (450) 641-3230