Breakfast Club of Canada has Canadian kids’ well-being at heart. Experience has taught us that the only way to have a sustainable impact on children is by working hand in hand with every school’s community. This allows for a more dynamic, nourishing environment, and a greater sense of belonging, which greatly contributes to their success.

WHY PARTNER WITH US?

A Helping Hand

We are present in every province and territory, which means we are aware of the diverse realities across Canada, as well as the fact that every community has specific needs. Agility and adaptability are our strengths. No challenge is insurmountable when it comes to making sure our kids have access to breakfast before class.

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Expertise

  • School support
  • Child and youth engagement
  • Logistics and coordination
  • Food safety
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Funding & Equipment

  • Grants
  • Kitchen appliances and tools
  • Fundraising support
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Network

  • Corporate partners
  • Governments
  • Local organizations
  • Food and distribution partners

GUIDING PRACTICES

How We Work

We accept applications year-round from schools, school boards, and community organizations seeking support for breakfast programs offered to school-aged children and youth during the school year.

Build a sustainable foundation

  • Offer breakfast every school day
  • Ensure the breakfast program is universal by encouraging the participation of all students
  • Involve leadership from a committed and informed program coordinator and breakfast program committee
  • Encourage collaboration with school administration and school staff
  • Ensure a system is in place to provide financial accountability and sustainability
  • Include ongoing program evaluation

Encourage healthy eating habits

  • Offer a nutritious menu that includes food choices consistent with Canada’s Food Guide and provincial or territorial school food and nutrition policies
  • Ensure the breakfast menu includes a variety of healthy foods each day, with vegetables and fruit, whole grain foods, proteins, and a serving of milk/milk alternative, and water
  • Prepare meals using healthy cooking methods (e.g., baking, roasting, poaching) with little or no added salt, sugar/sweeteners, and/or fat
  • Allow adequate time for students to eat and encourage them to be attentive to their fullness cues
  • Promote healthy eating through positive role modeling and food and nutrition education
  • Ensure health and nutrition messages are consistent throughout the whole school environment

Create a safe physical and social environment

  • Operate in a location that is safe, universally accessible, and welcoming
  • Prepare, store, and serve food and beverages using safe food handling practices in accordance with provincial/territorial regulations and local public health agencies
  • Respect and comply with existing school board health, safety, and anaphylaxis policies
  • Establish a fun place for children and youth to socialize while sharing a meal

Provide a child and youth focused breakfast club

  • Welcome and respect every student
  • Offer a menu that is culturally appropriate and that accommodates the individual needs of students with food sensitivities
  • Ensure students have a voice in their breakfast program
  • Include active participation from students, encouraging the development of life skills, leadership, and confidence
  • Encourage positive social interactions and nourish self-esteem

Engage the whole school community

  • Foster a whole school approach by supporting partnerships with the broader school community
  • Promote the program within the entire community to ensure students and their families are aware of its existence*
  • Actively recruit and manage volunteers including, students, family members and community members
  • Build positive relationships between the school and the local community and between students and adult mentors and role models

Be environmentally conscious

  • Use reusabledishes and utensils
  • Minimize food waste and pre-packaged foods
  • Recycle and compost food waste using available programs in the community
  • Consider starting a food-growing garden on the school site
  • Choose locally sourced food when possible

Build Them Up Guide

RESOURCES

Explore Them

Over time, Breakfast Club of Canada has built a range of tools they share with school’s breakfast programs.

Build Them Up Guide
Recipe Book

Building A Sustainable Foundation

Involve Volunteers And The School Community

Youth Engagement

Budgeting And Fundraising

Nutrition

Create A Rewarding Environment

Program Evaluation

Manage your program