Through your 2015 Feed Geelong donations the Australian Red Cross was able to ensure children were able to start the day right, with a healthy free breakfast.
The Red Cross currently currently provides over 7,000 meals per year to vulnerable children in the Geelong Region in Whittington and Corio/Norlane. These Good Start Breakfast Clubs (GSBC) aim to create opportunities for school aged children in areas of greatest need, to eat a healthy breakfast before school. The program also provides food literacy education to children and their families educating them to make healthier food choices.
Red Cross received a $2,661 Feed Geelong Grant to replace damaged or missing equipment including tables, chairs, a heater and tableware for one of their breakfast Clubs, the Tallis St Breakfast Club at Northern Bay College.
This breakfast club caters for between 30 and 50 children per school morning with over 1300 meals served per term. The target age varies between 5 and 14 (the student population), however the club also caters for siblings and parents of students. The entire school is targeted to avoid the stigma attached to a ‘welfare’ breakfast. Approximately half of the school (100 Children) regularly attend the Red Cross Breakfast Club at Northern Bay College – Tallis St Campus. The entire school community however can benefit from the proven behavioural impacts of children having a filling, nutritious breakfast and positive mentoring in a welcoming environment created in part by the grant money. A ripple effect to parent and guardian nutrition education is a long term goal of the club.
Having access to this essential equipment ensures that the program feels welcoming, is able to operate effectively and that every child can start their day right.