Good Start Breakfast Clubs provide a healthy breakfast and nutrition information for thousands of school kids, who may otherwise go to school hungry, in areas of greatest need around Australia.
Providing a healthy breakfast helps children to achieve their best in the classroom and in the playground.
Breakfast clubs are about more than providing a healthy start to the day. Schools are supported to set up breakfast clubs, to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children can sit down and enjoy a nutritious morning meal with others. It is also a place where caring adults can be role models for healthy eating and good hygiene.
Breakfast clubs are run right around the country, from cities and towns to remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Working with communities, Red Cross supports a range of programs to complement and build on the work being done in Good Start Breakfast Clubs.
Nutrition and budgeting workshops for parents, such as FOODCents, hygiene education, as well as school community gardens are just some of the ways Red Cross is building a healthier future with communities.
One of the long-term goals is to support communities to run their own breakfast clubs, ensuring community ownership and control as well as sustainability of the program.
Ideas for schools to assist in setting up their own breakfast program.
Fact sheets: Good Start Breakfast Clubs.
Photo: Australian Red Cross/Arunas Klupsas