The breakfast program at Whitecourt Central School has received some funding help, thanks to a $5 million partnership between Pembina Pipeline Corporation and Breakfast Club of Canada.
Representatives from Pembina were on hand Monday morning at Central School to provide breakfast to students, as they promoted their partnership and the Corporation’s signature program called “Fuel 4 Thought.” Pembina’s commitment will help sustain existing breakfast programs like at Whitecourt Central School, as well as enable the opening of new ones.
Pembina Senior VP and COO, Jaret Sprott says the partnership is one of 18 programs in schools across the country, feeding 1500 students daily.
Pembina started its partnership with the Breakfast Club of Canada in 2016, and this year they launched their $5 million sponsorship to continue promoting healthy eating habits for children. The funding also helps to ensure the long-term sustainability of school breakfast programs in Western Canada and fight food insecurity, which is a reality for more than 1.5 million children across the country.
Sprott says there is a long waiting list for schools to get a breakfast program, adding that about 1 in 4 children goes to school without breakfast each day, and the number is as high as 1 in 2 in Indigenous communities.
Breakfasts in the program are free and open to all children in schools. Sprott says Pembina provides investment for the purchase of equipment and food, and the program itself is run by teachers, parents, and community volunteers.