1 in 7 kids go to school without the most important meal of the day
A good breakfast can not only change a child’s morning it can make a big difference to their future, but unfortunately 1 in 7 Australian children arrive at school each day without having had breakfast (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2013).
Teachers report hunger in the classroom is extremely noticeable, estimating that the average student loses more than 2 hours a day of learning time when they come to school hungry. If they were to arrive at school hungry once a week, a student would lose more than a whole term of over the course of a year. 4 out of 5 teachers also report an increased workload due to hungry students as the children find it harder to concentrate, are lethargic and demonstrate behavioural problems (Foodbank Australia, 2015).
To address this growing issue, the Foodbank NSW & ACT has established a School Breakfast Club pilot program in NSW in 2015. In the future the program will aim deliver healthy breakfast foods to over 700 of the most disadvantaged primary schools across NSW and ACT. The program will enable hungry children to enjoy a nutritious breakfast, allowing them to engage and participate fully in all the educational and social opportunities that the school years offer.
Contact us if you are interested in your school holding a Foodbank School Breakfast program. If you would like to make a donation to help provide food for a school breakfast program in your area please click here.