Breakfast Club feeding students in Whitecourt

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The Breakfast Club of Canada, a non-profit organization, is in the midst of their two largest fundraising campaigns of the year. Through September and October, the public can make donations at the till of Walmart and Costco.

“Right now, we’ve estimated for food costs, resources, equipment that it’s about $2 per student, that’s sort of our hot number for the year,” said Amanda Boadi, the advisor for BBC in Alberta.

The Costco campaign was from Sept. 9-15 and the Walmart campaign began on Sept. 12 and will go until Oct. 4.

Boadi said the club has been working with two Whitecourt schools since 2009, serving breakfast to around 200 students every morning.

The BCC provides schools with funding, resources and tools they need in order to provide breakfast for their students

The club looks for schools that are able to offer breakfast to students ever morning of the school year and that it will be universally accessible to every student.

“We always want to look at getting students breakfast regardless of why they’re coming to school hungry,” said Boadi.

Providing good quality breakfasts is an important part of the program, hoping to have a positive impact on the student’s health and learning habits.

“We want to make sure we’re giving students the best quality they can, nutritious food to fuel them for the day and they don’t crash halfway through,” said Boadi.

There are currently 151 schools in Alberta part of the Breakfast Club program with 11,000 students receiving a healthy meal every morning.

The club is always looking for more schools to help and is considering expansion in Whitecourt.

Despite there being a waitlist of nearly 100 schools in Alberta, all schools are encouraged to apply.

“Once we know (these schools) exist, it’s easier for us to keep them on our radar,” said Boadi.

All schools can apply on the Breakfast Club of Canada website at https://www.breakfastclubcanada.org/school-breakfast.

tbrandell@postmedia.com

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