It’s a shocking fact that 1 in 4 Canadian children start their day hungry, meaning more than a million kids don’t have access to a healthy meal before they go to school. This would be unacceptable anywhere, but in a prosperous country like Canada, this is unimaginable. The time for action is now.
Breakfast programs in our schools have a tremendous impact on a child’s life, on school communities and on families. By providing access to a nutritious meal to our children as they start their day, they learn more easily, and have the chance to develop their full potential.
The 2019 Federal Budget included an unfunded commitment to a National School Food Program. While this commitment is a promising step, without funding the promise is empty and children across the country are kept waiting.
With the federal election fast approaching, we don’t need just a campaign promise, we need action.
Let’s not forget that Canada remains the only country in the G7 that does not have a federally funded school nutrition program.
As the school year comes to an end, our team at Breakfast Club of Canada and our field partners across the country are calling on the government to immediately provide core funding for a National School Food Program to ensure our kids have access to a healthy meal when they return to class in September.
As a nation, we are asking you to stand with us and share our call to action to send a message to the government that our kids can’t wait any longer. With your help, we can ensure that no child starts their day on an empty stomach.
Together, we can make history in our country and make a sustained difference in the lives of children across Canada.
The time is now, their time is now!
President and Founder of Breakfast Club of Canada