Cantine Pour Tous

In recent years, we have sought to further anchor Breakfast Club of Canada’s programs in the community, favouring a joint approach with local stakeholders. Accordingly, the Club and La Cantine pour tous have established an innovative partnership to address the needs of several Montreal schools with a large student population but limited space. Both organizations are committed to promoting food security and healthy eating habits among students. We have therefore built on these values to pool our resources and expertise to set up new breakfast programs or expand existing ones.

 

This shared vision is consistent with the needs of many Montreal schools, including those served by the Pointe-de-l’Île School Services Centre (CSSPI), which do not have the space to accommodate the Club’s food shipments. In collaboration with CSSPI, we have developed an approach that takes these challenges into consideration. Inspired by this desire to work together and CSSPI’s flexibility and resourcefulness, we have forged ties with La Cantine pour tous and other local organizations. Six schools have since opened a breakfast program and others will soon be following in their footsteps.

 

La Cantine pour tous deals with a diverse network of catering organizations that specialize in the preparation and distribution of healthy meals. Because they are located close to the schools they serve, deliveries can be smaller and more frequent, making them easier to accommodate. La Cantine pour tous works with the Club to support the caterers in developing menus, preparing recipes, operationalizing selection and distribution activities, and more. As a result, schools can benefit from customized “home-cooked” meals, frequent deliveries, and a class-identified bin system, which makes the corresponding in-school storage and distribution logistics that much easier to handle.

 

Manon Pelletier, head of the breakfast program at Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School, recently surveyed her students to find out what they thought about the meals cooked by their assigned caterer, Mon Resto Saint-Michel. Their answer was loud and clear: they love them! And she is very satisfied with the relationship between the school, La Cantine pour tous and the Club. Likewise, Fatima Chouaiby of Mon Resto Saint-Michel says she is grateful for this arrangement. She credits the personal approach of the La Cantine pour tous team and the Club’s support for making the whole operation easier and more enjoyable. Buffet Insère-Jeunes and Fourchettes de L’Espoir also contribute to the breakfast programs and their involvement has been met with a similarly high level of satisfaction. Efforts are underway to collaborate with other organizations to get more programs up and running. For a complete list of the members of the La Cantine pour tous network, click here.

 

Through this partnership with La Cantine pour tous and its member organizations, Breakfast Club of Canada is successfully monitoring the strengths and resources of the community to respond to the needs of schools. We are thrilled to be working alongside such committed partners to create strong programs that help us increase food security and improve access to healthy food for our students.

Do you know Ollie, The Boy Who Became What He Ate? He’s a picky little boy who gets superpowers from new food he tries. His goal? Encouraging children to discover new food and to develop healthy eating habits. 

Ollie is the star of a TV series on CBC Kids as well as a book, all created and produced by Sheena Macrae. He is also generous, because all through December, you will have the opportunity to give breakfast to children attending a breakfast program in school. 

Buy your book here! 

Free activities for your class or your family! 

Breakfast Club of Canada is the charitable partner for Superpower Food Day by Ollie Club — the home of popular CBC show Ollie, The Boy Who Became What He Ate! Dec 2nd – Dec 4th, Ollie Club will launch free programming, lesson plans and educational activities for teachers across Canada and around the world — all available online.

Superpower Food Day is a Telus-funded, free virtual family event celebrating and helping kids learn about healthy foods. With Ollie, the five-year-old star of the animated CBC TV show as inspiration, Superpower Food Day encourages teachers, educators and parents to engage children in educational activities that spark interest in trying new and nutritious foods. Playing with your food has never been this enlightening!

Spearheading the Superpower Food movement is Sheena Macrae, Ollie creator, author and Executive Producer of Ollie, The Boy Who Became What He Ate. “Superpower Food Day is about making food fun for kids of all ages. My goal is to turn the kitchen into a classroom and the classroom into a kitchen. I hope that these free lessons help educators to turn their students into real food superheroes,” says Macrae.

Educators, teachers and homeschool parents are invited to register for Ollie Superpower Food Day to receive a week of Ollie-themed, teacher-created, free lesson plans and resources for pre-K to grade 1 children. The Ollie Club “classroom in a box” includes: 

  • Age-appropriate ready-made classes about healthy living.
  • Classes include learning about food, nutrition, literacy, health, dramatic arts, food sustainability, movement and meditation.
  • Fun, printable worksheets for your students.
  • Entertaining and educational pre-recorded activities and storytime.

From December 2nd — 4th, these ready-made classes are perfect for in-school or virtual classes to inspire learners. Dec 5th with Superpower Food Day as it continues with a full day of free virtual family activities and live entertainment, teachers are encouraged to share this information with parents and caregivers. 

When you register, you’re automatically entered to win one of 20 Ollie storybooks for your classroom.  Free to register here or on www.OllieClub.com 

plate of pasta

Klorofil Publishing is hard at work dotting all the i’s and crossing all the t’s in preparation for the launch of Canada’s Culinary Heritage this fall. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will be donated to Breakfast Club of Canada.

Canada’s Culinary Heritage will include favourite recipes from 100 well-known Canadians, including our two ambassadors, Mikaël Kingsbury and Carey Price. Contributors will share the story behind their chosen dish and provide their top picks for the country’s best tourist attractions.

To reserve your copy, go to canada2017.org

Thank you to Klorofil!

 

Breakfast club of canada members at Waterloo Ontario

The heart of the campaign lies with its Associates – Waterloo, ON

Malissa Mota is a true Breakfast Club of Canada ambassador. As Charity leader, Claims Associate and Walmart employee for the past eight years, she’s inspiring her colleagues to go above and beyond- all for the kids.

“Hearing that kids are going to school without anything to eat is heartbreaking. It’s something we take for granted. Many of the associates at this store can relate to this cause because they have their own children. You can feel the connection in their voices when they speak about it.”

Malissa and her colleagues believe that every child should begin their day with a nutritious breakfast. For this reason, they’ve gone above and beyond to raise money, and awareness, for Breakfast Club of Canada. The store produced their own campaign-specific t-shirts.

“One of our Greeters, Diane, is a part-time clown who also sings and makes balloon animals. We have her at the entrance of the store greeting customers and selling balloon animals as a way of raising additional funds.”

Cashiers and associates at this Waterloo store embody what it means to give back to their community and all of us at the Club are deeply touched by the passion and support we feel from the Walmart team.

Child holding an apple

At Breakfast Club of Canada, we are committed to providing 21,010 students with a wholesome, well-rounded meal every morning to get their school day off to a good start.

Today, we’d like to take a closer look at the many benefits, nutritional and otherwise, of Quebec-grown apples.

A superfood that’s super good!

  • The average apple contains 86% water – and only 70 calories.
  • Apples are rich in fibre, which help in absorbing their natural sugars and make you feel like you are full.
  • The apples grown in Quebec are red, which means they have more antioxidants and are great for your cardiovascular health.

And apples are conveniently packaged (naturally), making them the perfect addition to any lunch box.

So many ways to enjoy…

Biting into a fresh apple is a treat in and of itself, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a better fruit for baking. It’s a huge source of inspiration for our volunteers who love to whip up breakfast cookies, crumbles and other apple-rific recipes!

250,000+ apples for kids across Quebec

Thanks to the tremendous generosity of our partners at Pommes Qualité Québec (representing Les Producteurs de pommes du Québec and the Association des emballeurs de pommes du Québec), our kids can enjoy this amazing fruit all year round.

Since 2002, Pommes Qualité Québec has donated thousands of apples to our young breakfast program participants. For a better idea of what this collaboration entails, be sure to watch this video of an apple’s journey from the orchard to the breakfast table (only available un French):

PRO TIP: The best place to keep apples is in your fridge’s fruit compartment, loose or in their original packaging. Either way, they’ll stay crisp and delicious longer. (Remember that an apple at room temperature gets softer 10 times faster!)

Bureau En Gros employees standing in front of their store

We are lucky to have lots of partners who contribute in their own way to making the back-to-school period easier for everyone. This time of year is a very demanding one, not only for parents and teachers, but also for our teams here at the Club, who are working hard to make sure that more than 243,000 children across Canada will be starting every school day with a good, healthy meal.

Fortunately, many of our dedicated partners have already raised their hand to let us know they’ll be helping out. For the past 13 years, Bureau en Gros has been a faithful ally, encouraging associates across the province to do their part to make this yearly fundraiser a success. And it only makes sense that they would want to support our breakfast programs: we give children the energy to do well in school and enable volunteers of all ages to acquire valuable leadership skills.

Once again this year, Bureau en Gros is giving their customers the opportunity to show their support for their community while they get ready for back to school by donating to Breakfast Club of Canada. Employees are also encouraged to get in on the action with their own fundraising activities. Whether it’s a barbecue or a staff denim day challenge, their imagination is endless – and so is their dedication to our cause. Over the years, Bureau en Gros has donated in excess of $3.2 million to Breakfast Club of Canada to support children’s health and education, two aspects critical to helping them thrive.

Child eating breakfast in cafeteria

We are lucky to have lots of partners who contribute in their own way to making the back-to-school period easier for everyone. This time of year is a very demanding one, not only for parents and teachers, but also for our teams here at the Club, who are working hard to make sure that more than 243,000 children across Canada will be starting every school day with a good, healthy meal.

Fortunately, many of our dedicated partners have already raised their hand to let us know they’ll be helping out. For the past 17 years, Walmart has faithfully encouraged associates from their 408 stores across the country to do their part to make this yearly fundraiser a success. And it only makes sense that they would want to support our breakfast programs: we give children the energy to do well in school and enable volunteers of all ages to acquire valuable leadership skills.

Once again this year, Walmart is inviting their customers to show their support for their community while they get settled into their school routines by donating to Breakfast Club of Canada.

This year has a particular significance, as we hope to reach a milestone of $50 million raised for Breakfast Club of Canada. You can play a part in supporting children’s health and education: stop by a Walmart and donate!

You can also give online right here.

Thank you for nourishing children’s potential!

children with pinwheels on their heads

The Add a Breakfast to Your Bill campaign in partnership with Costco Wholesale has been a resounding success, raising a total of $1,000,000 in just one week!

Costco Wholesale has been supporting Breakfast Club of Canada since 2007 by raising funds and increasing public awareness about school breakfast programs. The Club and Costco are both committed to helping more children and youth succeed in school and fulfill their potential. Costco’s contribution means the Club can offer breakfast to more than 243,000 students across the country to get their school mornings off to a healthy start.

The Club would like to congratulate all the employees in the 111 participating Costco warehouses for their amazing contributions to this initiative. Every year, they play a key role in making sure as many young Canadians as possible have access to a school breakfast program. Our heartfelt thanks go out to each and every one of them for their generosity and dedication.

As it currently stands, one out of four Canadian children starts their school day on an empty stomach. The Club leverages its network and its expertise to bring together a wide range of resources and stakeholders to counter this sobering statistic. The donations received are invested in 1,809 breakfast programs from coast to coast. These programs are important to promoting children’s well-being, not only by serving a wholesome breakfast every morning in a caring, nurturing environment but also by making sure they have the energy they need to do well academically. A recent Canada-wide poll conducted by the Club of 41 school administrations revealed that breakfast program enrollees double their attention span in class. Half of the schools who answered the survey also reported an improvement in attendance.

Be sure to join Breakfast Club of Canada and Costco Wholesale for next year’s back-to-school fundraiser!

2 young women making pitas in a kitchen

In December 2019, Restaurants Normandin offered a unique opportunity to two BCC student volunteers as a reward for their involvement in their school breakfast program. This was one of “50 Good Deeds” undertaken by the Quebec chain which, like the Club, is celebrating a milestone anniversary this year.

Secondary 2 students Dorothée and Jasmine were the ones chosen for the experience, not only because of their commitment to Breakfast Club of Canada but also in recognition of their overall community engagement.

Upon their arrival at the Bouvier Street location in Quebec City, Dorothée and Jasmine were given a tour of the bustling kitchen, staffed by over 100 employees, and then invited to create their own pizza. They kneaded the dough and tossed it in the air, with some rather amusing results, picked their toppings from an almost endless selection and cooked it up in the massive pizza oven. They put a painstaking amount of effort into making the final result as close to perfect as they could. The pair were then put on hostessing duty, where they did an exceptional job showing patrons to their table and managing the various logistical considerations that come with the job. Customers were delighted to be part of the experience and had nothing but glowing comments about their performance. Last but certainly not least, Dorothée and Jasmine dug into their pizza while they chatted with members of the Normandin marketing team.

They left with a complimentary pizza pan and two frozen Normandin pizzas. Both said they enjoyed themselves immensely and were happy with everything they learned. They also had the satisfaction of applying some of their newfound knowledge to their breakfast program upon their return to school.

This marks the end of the back-to-school campaign at Normandin that ran throughout the month of September, after which a cheque for over $28,000 was presented to the Club. The team is eager to repeat the experience in 2020. Thank you to everyone at Normandin for your wonderful contributions over the past 13 years.

 

Man standing in warehouse

The Food Depot Alimentaire (FDA), City of Moncton, and Breakfast Club of Canada are proud partners of the Moncton Student Nutrition Program, a food procurement operation that reaches over 2000 kids a day in 26 schools in Moncton and surrounding areas. The program launched in Spring 2017 and has been a great success ever since! For that we have to thank the experienced team at the FDA, who take care of day to day operations for the program and have a very effective process to ensure every school has the food it needs come breakfast time.

Every week, schools simply fill out an order form, selecting which items they would like for their breakfast program. When FDA staff receive the order, they fill it with donations and products purchased in bulk from other partners (=cost saving!) and shop locally to fill the rest of the order, if necessary. That’s what we call stretching every dollar to reach more and more students! The FDA then delivers all orders to the respective schools. What is the result? Schools get their breakfast food orders delivered and they save money!

In addition to this, the FDA also acts as a hub for products from our generous partners, including donations of yogurt from Danone and apple sauce from Motts, as well as grain products purchased at a low cost from General Mills.

This is a great example of a win-win-win partnership. Way to go Moncton Student Nutrition Program!