Day 1
Breakfast Club of Canada

Don’t let hunger get in their way! Make a difference in a Childs’s life.

Food Security in Canada

When Canada is perceived as a wealthy country and hunger is not an issue that we tend to associate it with. But on a daily basis, over 2 million Canadian children start school on an empty stomach. Because of Canada’s privileged situation, the stigma surrounding food insecurity is very real. A child heading to school without having eaten anything is often normalized, the Canadian fast-paced lifestyle being invoked. Whether that is the true reason is besides the point. To focus and perform activities throughout the day, children need a healthy meal to fuel their brains and bodies. This is why Breakfast Club of Canada’s programs are inclusive and open to everyone, no matter their socio-economical status, from coast to coast to coast.

Necessity

 

Nutritious meals to maximize learning of children going to school across Canada.

Activity

 

Serving healthy food to children on a daily basis, in schools and in the community.

Countable effort

After around 12 months

Average number of children fed on a daily basis / Total number of children fed.

Result

After around 3 years

More children have access to nutritious food on a daily basis, increasing their learning abilities and their chances of reaching their full potential.

Systemic effect

After around 7 years

A more engaged and educated generation of youth and increased awareness of child hunger and education issues at the national level.

Background

While research has shown that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science, 2017), 1 in 3 Canadian children is at risk of going to school on an empty stomach. For 25 years, the Club has been serving breakfasts to children so they can reach their full potential, engaging the community to generate even greater impact for the families, the schools and the system as a whole, understanding that they too are directly or indirectly affected by the issue. Indeed, 75% of surveyed parents indicated a decrease of their stress levels since the enrolment of their children in a local club (HEC Montreal, 2018). Today, Breakfast Club of Canada helps feed more than 257,000 children and youth in 1,887 schools across the country daily, though the needs are far greater.

The good deed

Every day, Breakfast Club of Canada helps feed more than 257,000 children and youth in 1,887 local clubs based all over Canada. Starting the day with a nutritious breakfast ensures that Canadian youth can learn more efficiently and lead the next generation to achieve its greatest potential. With this good deed, we can feed more children so that they don’t go to school on an empty stomach. It’s also thanks to contributions such as this good deed that we can work hand in hand with the community, the volunteers, the schools and the partners, to evolve, adapt and develop solutions that address systemic issues, always with the vision of creating positive, long-lasting, socio-economic change by impacting education and children’s health.

AboutCanada

Ottawa

Capital

37,600,000

Number of inhabitants

US$ 52,144

Gross domestic product per capita per year

Placed 9th out of 189

Human Development Index

Close to 5 % of the Canadian population identifies as Indigenous. In 2018-19, Breakfast Club of Canada was present in 269 Indigenous schools, serving 31,000 children every day.