School breakfast program feeding Nanaimo students

After six months of planning and renovations to several school kitchens, school-based breakfast programs are in full swing.

After six months of planning and renovations to several school kitchens, school-based breakfast programs are in full swing.

Breakfast Clubs of Canada is providing $110,000 over three years to the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Schools Foundation  to launch, expand and sustain full-service breakfast programs in five Nanaimo schools to ensure that vulnerable children across the community get a healthy, nutritious start to their day.

Three schools expanded their existing breakfast programs on June 1 – Brechin, Fairview and Park Avenue. NDSS and Forest Park began new breakfast programs in October.

t“The BCC grant has opened up many possibilities for our students,” said Diane Goodman,  Brechin Elementary School principal. “We are very excited to be able to offer a breakfast program to our students and look forward to the three-year partnership with BCC. The possibilities are endless when schools have support like this.”

The first part of the BCC grant enabled the schools to purchase new equipment for their kitchens and/or upgrade other equipment, said Erin van Steen, NLSF executive director.