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Breakfast Programs

Did you know students who have a healthy breakfast will be better learners?  Starting children off with a nutritious breakfast provides them with approximately 25% of the energy and the nutrients they require for the day. Well-nourished students are prepared to learn! Breakfast programs have been found to decrease student absenteeism, in-class disruptions, and to increase student performance. Research has demonstrated that students who start their day off with a healthy breakfast have higher academic performance. Breakfast programs also help to instill life-long healthy eating practices and reflect the Health Promoting School approach (Nova Scotia Health Promotion and Protection, 2007). 

Benefits of Breakfast Programs

Breakfast programs are more than just feeding children.  Breakfast programs contribute to students' physical and mental well-being in many ways including:

  • improving nutritional status and supporting healthy living through healthy food choices
  • relieving stress in students who may worry about being nourished in the morning
  • helping students to be more attentive and energetic learners
  • providing an important social element by bringing students together for a common meal
  • providing opportunities for student leadership to build self-esteem, discover a sense of belonging and giving back to the school community
  • allowing staff and adults to engage with youth in a positive way outside the classroom

For more information and resources to help run your breakfast program or information about starting up a new breakfast program, click here.

Breakfast Program Partners

Breakfast programs are encouraged to establish and maintain partnerships within the school and wider community to ensure program and financial sustainability. Engaging various funding partners is integral to program success.

Nourish Nova Scotia is a province-wide, non-profit organization that provides support through educational resources to breakfast programs operating in Nova Scotia schools. Nourish Nova Scotia supports the Food and Nutrition Policy for Nova Scotia Public Schools and the Nova Scotia Health Promoting Schools program. Together these initiatives help create an environment where students can become engaged learners and healthier Nova Scotians for life.

Breakfast Clubs of Canada and HRCE established a partnership in 2010 to provide funding support to breakfast programs. Collaboration is done on a regular basis to provide support to HRCE breakfast programs. 

President’s Choice Children’s Charity is another source of financial support for HRCE breakfast programs. 

For more information or support, please contact, Kelly Sherwood, HRCE School Nutritionist, ksherwood@hrce.ca or (902) 464-2000 x2180.