Quebec school boards will be receiving additional funding to serve breakfasts in all primary schools located in disadvantaged communities as part of the Quebec government’s Educational Services Strategy.
The additional funding expands the current school meal program and ensures that a greater number of children have an equal chance at success. The initiative, championed by Breakfast Club of Canada, also recognizes the importance of a healthy breakfast in fostering academic performance.
"This is a big day for the Club and the partners, contributors and numerous donors who have been speaking up, and stepping up, for 23 years,” said Daniel Germain, President and Founder of Breakfast Club of Canada. "We greet this announcement with great pride and enthusiasm.”
Already active in 312 schools in Quebec and capitalizing on the expertise gained over the past 23 years, Breakfast Club of Canada is eager to work with the school communities that choose to partner with the Club to implement breakfast programs in more than 400 new schools. And the Club is ready to accommodate the additional demand.
Debbie Thomas is equally as pleased about this announcement, and is proud of the ongoing support from TMG brokers who contribute to the Breakfast Club of Canada each year.
"Not only are we proud of the funds that we have raised to ensure more children in Canada have the opportunity to begin their day with a nutritious breakfast, but of the way our brokers and staff have gotten involved in local communities across the country, raising awareness and volunteering in the schools directly,” she said. "Since we started TMG has raised over $250,000 – that’s over 250,000 healthy breakfasts served to hungry children.”
Breakfast Club of Canada’s core philosophy is that children deserve to start the school day with a nutritious breakfast in an inclusive, caring environment. Over the years, the Club has helped shed light on the positive impacts and outcomes of school meal programs.
"We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who have supported and continue to support Breakfast Club of Canada,” added Mr. Germain. "Their commitment has made a difference for hundreds of thousands of children across Quebec. But neither the public sector nor the private sector can win this fight alone. By joining forces today and tomorrow, we will be giving kids the best possible shot at success and helping them live up to their full potential. Together, we can make it happen.”