Breakfast Club of Canada (Club) and Cummins Western Canada representatives helped serve a healthy breakfast to Holly Elementary students in Surrey this morning, to celebrate the opening of their new school breakfast program.
Including students at Holly Elementary, the Club is now reaching over 5,500 kids in BC.
“With nearly 100 programs open, it is clear that we are responding to a need in this province’’, said Catherine Van Alstine, Chair of the BC Advisory Board of Breakfast Club of Canada. ‘’By supporting the opening of the Holly Elementary breakfast program, our partner Cummins Western Canada is giving students two essential tools to make the most out of their school day: a healthy breakfast, and a supportive environment that fosters their self-esteem’’.
Cummins Western Canada is also supporting another breakfast program, at École À la Découverte in Edmonton, which opened it’s doors just last week. “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Breakfast Club of Canada, said Michael Angus, President and CEO of Cummins Western Canada. ‘
‘Their breakfast program aligns with two of our three Corporate Responsibility pillars: Education and Social Justice/Equality, and we can’t think of a better way to show our commitment to Community Involvement than by helping young children get a solid start each day. We hope that this is the beginning of a long and rewarding relationship that will expand and grow over time.”
“We are thankful for the contributions that Breakfast Clubs of Canada and Cummins Canada are making to breakfast programs in our district,” says Assistant Superintendent Pat Horstead. “Our district has enhanced the breakfast program by incorporating an attendance outreach to families as well as a literacy component. Our goal is to ensure that students are at school, have a nutritious breakfast and are prepared and ready for school and learning. It is important for us in Surrey that every child have every chance, every day to have every opportunity for success.”
Founded in 1994 in Quebec, Breakfast Club of Canada began to fund and support school breakfast programs in the rest of Canada in 2005. Our mission is to offer daily a healthy breakfast in a nourishing environment to all students. The Club is a stakeholder dedicated to laying a foundation for students to thrive both at school and in life. In BC only, over 5,500 children in nearly 100 schools can benefit from a wholesome breakfast every morning. This year, it represents nearly 900,000 breakfasts. Visit www.breakfastclubcanada.org to learn more about the program.