In Back-to-School open house sessions across Canada, participants shared some of the challenges they faced in breakfast programming for this school year. Our team has compiled top ideas and suggestions provided by fellow schools in response to topics like incorporating volunteers, reducing costs and facilitating meal preparation. The open house sessions are very valuable as they provide solutions from and for diverse school communities and contexts.

We are thankful for all who participated in knowledge sharing and hope we’ve adequately captured your tips, as follows:

 

Incorporating volunteers
  • Leveraging community groups as volunteers: Various schools have explored engaging community groups such as the local RCMP, faith groups, businesses or sports teams to help with different aspects of breakfast program planning, including purchasing, delivery, meal prepping and packaging. Consider this if your school regulations allow for external volunteers.
  • Working with nearby high schools: Is there a high school close to you? One school provided a unique suggestion to partner with a high school. The older students prepare and package meals and then walk them over in the morning and drop them off at the school entrance. High school students can apply this experience toward volunteer hours or as a special project for a food safety and food education class. This is a good solution for schools that are not allowed to have extra volunteers in their food prep areas.
  • Using student volunteers in a community service program: Some of our schools that are allowed to work with student volunteers have chosen to include breakfast programming prep work as a part of students’ community service hours. This helps students give back to their community, hone leadership skills and ease the stress on program coordinators. For an example of this idea in action, check out our newsletter article for a story about student volunteers at Georges P. Vanier School.
  • Engaging staff members: Consider holding a staff meeting to gauge whether your staff are willing and have the time to help. With restrictions in place in many schools, dedicated staff members have stepped in to run the breakfast program instead of volunteers. One school started an “above and beyond” club with opportunities for staff to pitch in in extra areas of need, including breakfast program prep and delivery. Other schools have assigned breakfast club responsibilities to staff on a weekly rotating basis. A pair of staff members can take care of prep, delivery and clean-up one week and then hand over the reins to a different pair the next. Having more staff members involved can help spread the work around.
    • Tip: To help keep staff motivated and feel appreciated, consider hosting a special thank-you breakfast on a non-instructional day or incorporating breakfast program responsibilities into their workable hours.
Reduced prep work

For those of you who are prevented from having extra help due to COVID restrictions, an alternative is to focus on reducing the amount of work required to prepare, serve and clean up after breakfast:

  • Some schools that used to bake muffins now make smaller “muffin bars.” You can make more bars with fewer ingredients, and the tray is a lot easier to wash than a muffin tin. Spread your favourite muffin batter on a baking tray that is well greased or lined with parchment paper or a silicone sheet. Baking times may vary, depending on the thickness of the batter. You’ll find lots of recipes for muffin bars online.
  • Similarly, some schools make oven-baked oatmeal pancakes on a baking sheet and slice them into single servings. They are easy to pour, flip and serve, and they save a lot of time.
  • It was suggested that students bring in their own containers, cutlery and bottles and wash them at home to reduce clean-up time for schools. This also cuts down on disposable waste and can save money for schools who had been using paper plates and plastic cutlery.
  • Some schools recommended having students wash their own dishes in the classroom before returning them to the kitchen. This can save on time and effort, especially for schools with limited dishwashing capacity.
Cost savings
  • Financial support programs may be able to help seek out an independent or wholesale grocer in your community for produce like berries and vegetables. Independent grocers are sometimes able to offer lower prices on locally grown foods. A school in Cochrane, Alberta, found this to be very cost-effective for their breakfast program, which serves hundreds of students.
  • Buying large items like blocks of cheese and dividing them into smaller servings is often more budget-friendly than buying individual portions like cheese strings.
  • Enquire about available discounts for school breakfast programs at grocery stores.
  • Stretch every dollar you spend and reduce food waste by sending leftover food home with students or offering them an end-of-day snack as the exit the building.

 

We recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to cover such a diverse range of schools across the country, but we do hope that you can use one or two of these suggestions to make your breakfast program easier to run this year. Once again, we send out a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our back-to-school open house sessions and shared their innovative solutions with their peers. Your engagement, insight and support are greatly appreciated. We hope to hear more of your tried-and-true hacks and solutions at other sessions later in the year!


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Reporting to the Digital Strategy & Campaigns Lead, the Senior Advisor, Content and Social Media, plays a pivotal role in growing the Club’s digital presence in key markets across Canada. The ideal candidate will leverage their expertise to support marketing initiatives and to develop and implement the organization’s content strategies and social media campaigns, with a focus on optimizing ROI and delivering tangible results.

 

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Provide expert advice to the management team and external partners.
  • Develop social media strategies and outlining major directions aligned with the overall priorities of the Club and various stakeholders.
  • Create texts and visual content for each platform (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn)
  • Identify key performance indicators, prepare performance reports, interpret findings, make recommendations and carry out the necessary adjustments.
  • Contribute to strategic decision-making related to marketing objectives.
  • Plan social media campaigns to boost performance and conversion rates.
  • Define editorial direction and content pillars; integrate key messages.
  • Optimize budgets and amplify content distribution as effectively as possible.
  • Keep up to date with new trends and best practices related to social media.
  • Contribute to other tasks that require their attention.

 

SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS
  • University degree in communications or marketing.
  • Five to seven years of relevant experience, ideally in agencies.
  • Expertise in creating content dedicated to social media (photo, video, stories, text,) and in writing content (short and long) for the web pages.
  • Proven ability to develop strategies that support business, communication, marketing and branding objectives.
  • Advanced knowledge of the web, technology and digital marketing (Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, Google Ads, Facebook Business Manager, CRM, etc.).
  • Complete fluency in written and spoken French and English.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to forge strong ties with partners.
  • Excellent digital writing and content production skills.
  • Proven data analytics experience.

 

PERSONAL QUALITIES
  • Adherence to Breakfast Club of Canada values.
  • Ease in presenting information to a group.
  • Ability to develop, articulate and defend ideas.
  • Demonstrated creativity and innovation; a champion of collaboration.
  • Positive attitude.
  • High tolerance for stress.
  • Focus on results and solutions.

 

WORK CONDITIONS
  • Full-time, permanent position.
  • 40 hours/week, Monday to Friday.
  • Work location: Near a larger Canadian city.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Flexible hours.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Personal leave days.
  • Group insurance plan.
  • Group RRSP with employer matching contributions.
  • Must pass a background check.
  • Target start date: as soon as possible.

 

TO APPLY

Please email your CV and cover letter to CV@breakfastclubcanada.org.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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Breakfast Club of Canada is looking to hire an Administrative Assistant, Programs. Reporting to the Programs Director, the Administrative Assistant will work closely with the Programs team to help the department run smoothly. The selected candidate will be highly organized, dynamic, bilingual (French and English), versatile and good at setting priorities. They will be tasked with providing administrative, technical and logistical support and contributing to various projects. In this role, they will have the opportunity to contribute to the Club’s growth, working within a dynamic, collaboration-oriented environment.

 

Breakfast Club of Canada promotes employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals.

 

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Coordinate and carry out various administrative and liaison tasks for the Programs Department
  • Support the department head and team in setting up and running breakfast programs and community initiatives
  • Draft, proofread, translate and format various documents and ensure quality control
  • Help collect, enter, analyze and ensure the integrity of data
  • Review, produce and update various accounting reports
  • Coordinate and follow up on various deliveries and requests for information from external sources
  • Assist with and follow up on interdepartmental enquiries (communications, reports, testimonials, etc.)
  • Plan and coordinate social activities, meetings and training sessions for the department
  • Carry out other tasks as required to help the department run smoothly.

 

SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS
  • College diploma in administration or a related field
  • Five or more years of relevant experience
  • Other suitable combinations of education and experience may be considered
  • Fluency in written and spoken French and English
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Office, including advanced proficiency in Excel, and ability to learn new applications quickly
  • Extensive experience working with databases
  • Project management capabilities
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proficiency in graphic design, an asset
  • Familiarity with the charitable sector, an asset

 

PERSONAL QUALITIES
  • Adherence to Breakfast Club of Canada values (children first, passion, empowerment, leadership and transparency)
  • Able to work with highly confidential information and do so with great discretion
  • Positive, proactive and productive attitude
  • Good organizational skills
  • Keen sense of discipline and attention to detail
  • Tactful and sensitive
  • Independent, resourceful self-starter
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a team mindset
  • Excellent time management, prioritization and multitasking skills
  • Flexible and able to adapt to change

 

WORK CONDITIONS
  • Permanent, full-time position
  • 40 hours/week, Monday to Friday
  • The selected candidate will be based at the head office in Boucherville, Quebec, with a hybrid telework arrangement
  • Competitive salary
  • Flexible hours
  • Professional development
  • Personal leave days
  • Group insurance plan
  • Group RRSP with employer matching contributions
  • Employee assistance program
  • Must pass a background check
  • Target start date: As soon as possible

 

TO APPLY

Please email your résumé and cover letter to CV@breakfastclubcanada.org.

Only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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19th annual campaign raises best-ever $4.1 million for Canadian children

 

Boucherville – November 12th, 2021 – Breakfast Club of Canada (BCC), in collaboration with Walmart Canada, has wrapped up its biggest fundraising campaign of the year. The record-breaking campaign, which ran from September 28th to November 2nd, in Walmart Canada’s more than 400 stores and on Walmart.ca yielded an outstanding $4.1 million for school breakfast programs, which includes a $820,000 donation from Walmart Canada. 

 

During the campaign, Walmart customers were invited to make a donation at the store checkout or online to support Breakfast Club of Canada, an organization that has been working tirelessly for 27 years to give all kids an equal chance at success.  Paul Lethbridge, Director, Development & Donor Engagement at BCC explains, Through the generosity and dedication of the Walmart’s associates and customers, we’re able to build the momentum, year over year, to help meet the escalating needs. We’re able to open more programs and apply more resources to meet the needs of communities across the country.”  

 

Based on recent data, nearly 2 million children are still at risk of starting their day hungry. This represents 1 in 3 children who are at risk of going to school on an empty stomach. Walmart’s commitment will help BCC programs build a stronger distribution infrastructure to reach more kids from coast to coast to coast, even in remote communities. 

 

“This year’s record-breaking Breakfast Club of Canada campaign clearly demonstrates our customers and associates have big hearts for full tummies,” said Nabeela Ixtabalan, Executive Vice President, People and Corporate Affairs at Walmart Canada. “Our commitment to fight hunger and food insecurity and to ensure kids are fueled to learn is as strong as ever. We want to thank our customers and associates for their continued support and overwhelming generosity for BCC’s school breakfast programs.” 

 

Since 2003, Walmart Canada has worked with Breakfast Club of Canada, donating and raising more than $59 million to help feed more students every day. 

 

About Breakfast Club of Canada 

Accredited by Imagine Canada for its effective governance, the Club provides much more than breakfast: its approach is based on commitment, self-esteem and capacity development using an optimal formula adapted to local needs. Breakfast Club of Canada helps feed more than 490,000 children and youth in 3,183 programs the country. To learn more, visit breakfastclubcanada.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. 

 

About Walmart Canada 

Walmart Canada operates a chain of more than 400 stores nationwide serving 1.5 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, Walmart.ca is visited by more than 1.5 million customers daily. With more than 100,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada was recently recognized as a LinkedIn Top Company of 2021 and was also named one of Canada’s most popular brands (based on Google searches). Walmart Canada has made a commitment to regeneration – focusing on equitable opportunity, sustainability, community and ethics and integrity. Since 1994, Walmart Canada has raised over $500 million to support communities across Canada. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.cafacebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada. 

 

Media Contact 

For more information and to schedule interviews with Breakfast Club of Canada spokespeople, please contact: 

Julie Hauville 

Media Relations, Breakfast Club of Canada 

julie.hauville@breakfastclubcanada.org 

 

Felicia Fefer 

Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada 

Felicia.Fefer@walmart.com 

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