Your mother probably told you breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and like many favourite old sayings, it contains far more than a grain of truth.
Eating a nutritious breakfast is important for everyone – but especially for children, as it can provide up to a third of their daily nutrient needs. It also improves your kids’ concentration, so their teachers will thank you too!
But two thirds of Australian teachers (67%) report that children are coming to school hungry, and the problem is worsening. There are a variety of reasons for this, including lack of time and a poor understanding of the health benefits – but many schoolkids don’t skip breakfast from choice. 15% of Australians go hungry at some point in the year. More than 652,000 of us receive food relief each month, and one third of these are children.
Join the club!
Sanitarium serves, supports and cares for others because we want to make a positive and lasting difference. Since 2001, we have provided financial and product support to the Good Start Breakfast Club, working closely with Foodbank Australia to support 1,750 breakfast clubs across the country, and a further 300 breakfast clubs through a partnership with Kickstart for Kids in South Australia.
Schools with breakfast programs report that they contribute to student physical (97%) and mental (91%) health, as well as positive student relations with staff (83%) and with the wider community (70%).