One in 6 children go to school hungry. Eating breakfast has shown to improve concentration and behavior at school. One of the primary reasons is because parents are struggling to get food onto the table. To help combat this problem, Foodbank NT is expanding the School Breakfast Programs and needs your support.
For an affiliation fee, the program then gives schools access to breakfast foods for a small handling charge from Foodbank NT. A variety of nutritious foods are provided including cereals, milk, fresh fruits, toast and spreads. All foods supplied are in compliance with the NT Canteen, Nutrition, and Healthy Eating policy. Some of these foods are purchased and some are donated.
The program also provides training, resources, and support for volunteers who pack, deliver to schools and provide meal preparation.
Our plan is to provide nutrition education sessions in the future.
Foodbank NT will assist 35 urban and remote Territory schools by the end of 2017, with priority given to low socioeconomic status schools. This equates to a projected 148,000 meals delivered to vulnerable children and their families.
The program gives 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, behavior, attendance and academic outcomes. An evaluation of Victorian-based School Breakfast clubs Programs by Fiona MacDonald (April 2017) found that:
Not having breakfast consequently has a huge impact on kids in the Territory. As the only current Territory provider of the School Breakfast Program, we need assistance to ensure breakfast is provided to all kids that require it.
Schools may apply to have school breakfast by contacting the Coordinator. Supply of products is subject to funding.
There are several ways for younger people and schools to get involved in Foodbank NT activities while having fun. This includes food drives, volunteering, and fundraising. Food drives are great way schools can help supply the non-perishable items that are always in need.
Our most welcome items are those most commonly found in your pantries.
Donors may provide assistance through goods or funding. To provide goods, please contact the coordinator on the number below.
One of the key ways that a business can assist the School Breakfast Program is through freight to remote communities. We would love to hear from you if you can assist with this! You may also arrange to sponsor a school, volunteer with the program or supply goods to the program.