A healthy breakfast kick-starts learning for Vancouver kids

Students at Florence Nightingale Elementary school started their day off right this morning with a healthy breakfast to fuel their minds and bodies for another day of learning.

Students were served a healthy complete breakfast of banana pancakes with plenty of fresh fruit, yogurt, milk and juice in celebration of the Breakfast Clubs of Canada (BCC) program, which announced today that they were more than doubling their funding for BC, investing more than $700,000 for the 2011-12 school year.

"Going to school with a full stomach is one of the most important things any student can do. This program not only helps students maintain healthy diets to keep their minds sharp, it also keeps students connected with their teachers and peers," said Patti Bacchus, Chairperson of the VSB.

This Tuesday's event was attended by Bacchus along with VSB School Trustee Ken Denike, Children and Family Development Minister Mary McNeil and BCC president and founder Daniel Germain. All were shown the ropes by staff who run the breakfast program at the school.

Bacchus says the Breakfast Club of Canada isn't the only big supporter of the district's 11 hot breakfast programs.

"Partners like CIBC Wood Gundy at Bentall and other charitable donors provide an invaluable service to students from low-income neighbourhoods across our city," she said. "It is a great initiative that is making a big difference in our schools."

Hot meal programs supported by the Breakfast Clubs of Canada and CIBC Wood Gundy complement the BC government's $51 million CommunityLINK (Learning Includes Nutrition and Knowledge) program, which supports vulnerable children in all 60 school districts. CommunityLINK funding supports food and nutrition, academic, and social-emotional programs and services for vulnerable students.

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