The breakfast program provides food for kids every day at every school in Revelstoke. (File photo)

Revelstoke volunteers serve 24,000 breakfasts in schools

More hands needed for the program

Submitted

School District 19 is beginning it’s second full year of a breakfast program in all of its schools.

To address hunger, social inclusion and improve learning outcomes studies have shown breakfast programs in schools to be a big win.

In Revelstoke, several school Parent Advisory Councils started a breakfast program in their school to support students. The school board recognized the need and success of the program, as well as the strain of a volunteer-run program. By devoting funds and hiring part-time staff to run the program, it can now be offered each school day in all of Revelstoke’s schools.

READ MORE: Photos: Revelstoke’s ninth annual Emergency Services Food Drive

Volunteers are a key component of this program. Each school needs 1-3 volunteers for an hour each day, adding up to 1,200 hours throughout the school year.

Volunteers are dedicated parents and community members that prepare and serve breakfast foods to the students with differing formats in each school.

One volunteer remarked “it is so fun to see the kids enjoying the foods and connecting with each other – this such a valuable program and I feel great to be a part of it.”

The program models good nutrition, focusing on lean proteins, whole grains and a variety of fruits.

Some students just need a snack after a busy morning, while others enjoy a full meal.

READ MORE: Revelstoke’s Food Recovery program ahead of the times

The program is free to all students and is open to any student who wishes to come.

District program coordinator, Melissa Hemphill explains that “there are numerous reasons why students can be hungry in the morning – this is not just about low income families. We don’t bother with why a student may need some food, but are focused instead on ensuring that nutritious options are available to help them get through their school day and realize their potential.”

In addition to the school district’s financial contribution, funding for the program is provided by a number of grant providers such as Columbia Basin Trust, PC Children’s Charity and the Breakfast Club of Canada.

The program also receives a great level of local support from Revelstoke Credit Union, the Community Foundation, local businesses and private donations.

READ MORE: The war over Sunnyside bike trail

The program is able to utilize some foods from Community Connections’ food recovery program as the foods are consumed so quickly.

Student and adult surveys at the end of the 2018/19 school year showed strong support for the breakfast program, which served over 24,350 breakfasts.

The program is off to a great start for the 2019/20 school year, but more volunteers are still required at each school. Interested parties can contact revelstokebreakfastprograms@gmail.com to volunteer with the program.

READ MORE: PHOTO GALLERY: Re-live the magic


 

@RevelstokeRevue
editor@revelstoketimesreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chilliwack on the map for Salmon Arm Roots and Blues

Canadian music legends confirmed for 28th annual music festival

Volunteer spends hundreds of hours restoring piece of railway history

Revelstoke Railway Museum now home to an authentic Kalamazzo No. 2 Section Handcar

Awesome lineup of music this weekend in Revelstoke

See bands and DJs Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Revelstoke RCMP hand out 59 tickets during driving enforcement campaign

Between Jan. 16 and 19 they handed out 21 speeding relative to conditions tickets

Avalanche closure scheduled, more snow on the way

Roads and weather for Revelstoke Jan. 20

VIDEO: Soldiers trade rifles for snow shovels to help dig out St. John’s

A state of emergency is set to extend into a fifth day

Warm ‘blob’ could be behind mass starvation of North Pacific seabirds: study

Unprecedented death toll raises red flag for North American marine ecosystems

North Okanagan woman pleas for return of stolen scooter

‘It’s been another kick in the teeth… how do you get ahead and keep your head above water?’

Police search for owner of another icy sailboat on Okanagan Lake

The frozen vessel was spotted near the 800 block of Manhattan Drive in Kelowna

Future of Penticton francophone school secured following funding announcement

$11.5M in funding means École Entre-lacs now independently owned and operated

ICBC to bring in ranking system for collision, glass repair shops

Change comes after the much-maligned auto insurer has faced criticism for sky-high premiums

City of Vernon to redirect reclaimed water into Okanagan Lake

MacKay Reservoir nears capacity; city to reflow water into lake near Kin Beach

‘It was just so fast’: B.C. teen recalls 150-metre fall down Oregon mountain

Surrey’s Gurbaz Singh broke his leg on Mount Hood on Dec. 30

Most Read