Sadly, 1 in 5 Aussie kids go to school hungry – but not by choice. There can be a variety of reasons as to why this happens, and it’s not necessarily because parents don’t care. It could be due to a lack of time, or a poor understanding of the health benefits of eating breakfast in the morning. Shockingly Australia-wide, 652,000 people receive food relief each month, and one third of these are children. Thousands of children rely on organisations like ours to receive a nutritious meal – for some, it might be their only meal of the day.
Eating a nutritious breakfast is important for everyone – but especially for children. That’s why, at East Waikiki we have our Breakfast Club program delivering breakfast foods to any student ibn the school who wants or needs a morning feed.
Foodbank supports our program to give our students the opportunity to eat a wholesome, nutritious breakfast on a regular basis. Having breakfast has been shown to have a positive impact on factors such as physical and mental health, social skills, concentration, behaviour, attendance and academic outcomes.
Foodbank supplies selected products to our school free of charge to give all students equal opportunity to receive a wholesome, nutritious breakfast on a regular basis.
The non-perishable foods are: canned fruit in juice, wheat biscuits, oats, Vegemite, canned spaghetti, canned baked beans and UHT milk. You can also access fresh produce, including bread, fresh fruit and vegetables and yoghurt when it’s available.
East Waikiki Breakfast Club is run by dedicated staff on Monday and Wednesday mornings, from 8am to 8.20am. Students are to enter through the gate near the Administration office.
Click the following link to access free resources for cooking and preparing healthy meals and snacks for your kids.