The Breakfast Club of Canada, which supports breakfast programs at nearly a dozen local schools, says they’re being impacted by a perfect storm of obstacles.
Citing an increase in operating costs related to the pandemic, the expansion of the scope of programs and rising food costs, the organization says they will struggle to maintain support for existing breakfast programs this school year.
In North Bay, the club works with Community Living North Bay, which helps to support about 11 schools.
The breakfast club says with revenue projections showing an expected shortfall, no new programs can be supported in schools this school year.
“We are currently experiencing a perfect storm of obstacles that is having a substantial impact on our operations and our ability to support programs,” says Tommy Kulczyk, President and CEO. “Our expenses for food, equipment and transportation are increasing at a faster rate than our revenues and breakfast programs are becoming more expensive to maintain.”
The club is launching an ambitious Back-to-School fundraising campaign to continue supporting school nutrition programs and ensure that children go to school with a healthy breakfast.
“In 27 years of existence, the Club has never broken its promise to the children,” says Judith Barry, Co-Founder and Director, Government Relations at Breakfast Club of Canada. “More than ever, the Club needs the support of public and private donors to help feed children in a context where they are often the most vulnerable.”
The campaign will run until October 30.
Donations are being accepted:
Text message: Text CLUB to 20222
The club and its partners currently help to reach more than 580,000 children each morning in over 3,500 school nutrition programs.
There are also a couple of hundred schools on the club’s waitlist.