Let's Feed fills food-related gaps in existing services using micro donations. Working with disadvantaged and homeless youth.
What are Breakfast Clubs
What is a Breakfast Club?
Before school, children are given a free breakfast in a positive, social environment.
Attendance is open to all students, and the breakfast clubs are well-patronised across all demographics.
The benefits of a breakfast club are felt by everyone involved in the program. But the most significant benefit is providing breakfast to children who otherwise would have missed one of the most important meals of the day.
The operating model is simple:
1. A school contacts Let's Feed, or we approach a school;
2. An initial meeting identifies breakfast needs;
3. Donations are arranged. (Note: donations are sought and given continually, meaning the program has run consistently since inception).
4. A supermarket online order is set up
5. Free delivery
6. Schools run and coordinate the breakfast clubs for children.
Case study: Wyndham City Council , Victoria, Australia
The Australian Early Development Census (2012) found that compared to Victoria overall, children in Wyndham City Council are statistically more likely to be vulnerable* in:
- physical health and wellbeing
- social competence
- emotional maturity
- language and cognitive skills
- communication skills and general knowledge
(Make this a citation at the bottom of the page - *25% of children are vulnerable in one or more areas, compared with 19.5% in Victoria, Australian Early Development Census (2012))
Breakfast Clubs are an efficient, low-cost solution to help address these issues. Having a Breakfast Club program in a school provides the following benefits:
- Well-fed children, providing better concentration and attentiveness levels in class
- Less distractions in class for all students
- Teachers can focus more on teaching rather than attention and discipline
- Better individual and aggregate academic results
In addition, there is community-wide benefit:
- By addressing hunger, we start to tackle the social challenges of disadvantage.
- A better education increases social and job opportunities for youth
- Greater social inclusion, reducing barriers and social stigma among peers and community members
- Community engagement with volunteers and donors
- Multicultural engagement; many donors come from particular cultural groups who are eager to help and engage with the wider community
Efficient and volunteer-run
The Breakfast Club program is volunteer-run. Everyone involved believes positive social impact is its own reward.
There are no administrative or operating costs, ensuring all proceeds go to those who need them.