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Education, Early Learning and Culture Minister Doug Currie joined Parkdale Elementary student Camron Watts and volunteer Audrey Mayhew at their school breakfast program.
The provincial government is spending $200,000 annually to make sure Island children get a good breakfast.
That money is being augmented by local donations, fundraising and support from provincial and national organizations.
The breakfast program aims to help teach students positive nutrition habits and make sure they are well fed heading into class.
The P.E.I. Healthy Eating Alliance, which is jointly funded by the Departments of Education, Early Learning and Culture and Health and Wellness, has helped secure a number of increased community supports, including:
- $20,000 from the P.E.I. Egg Farmers for school programs for eggs and egg storage/cooking equipment;
- Subsidized milk purchases for all breakfast programs courtesy of the P.E.I. School Milk Foundation;
- $3,000 from the Clarke-Smith Foundation to fund a workshop for breakfast program co-ordinators – teachers, school staff and volunteers;
- $2,500 from the western region – Sport and Recreation Council for West Prince schools;
- $1,250 from Farm Credit Canada; and
- $1,000 from Vector Aerospace.
National organizations such as Breakfast for Learning and Breakfast Club of Canada also provide funding to some schools.
“Whether through volunteers, fundraising or donations, community support is the backbone of school breakfast and snack programs,” said Education Minister Doug Currie.
Provincial government funding for school breakfast programs has doubled this year to $200,000, supporting breakfast and snack programs in 90 per cent of Island schools and alternative education programs.
More than 600 volunteers provide 24,300 breakfasts or snacks to 8,000 students each week.
To learn more about healthy school communities, visit http://www.gov.pe.ca/healthyschoolcommunities/