Nutrition Resources/Programming for School Breakfast Programs
Nutrition, nutrition resources, meal planning, school food, breakfast program
Related Course Concepts
Food justice, Food security
Mission and Vision of Organization
Breakfast Club of Canada is a Canada-wide non-profit that has worked for the last 25 years to provide nutritious breakfasts to students before class each morning. Our mission is to ensure that all students have access to a healthy breakfast in a safe, supportive environment so that they can do their best in school. Today, we support over 1,800 schools across Canada, serving breakfast to over 200,000 students each morning.
Guiding Principles + Values
We work to promote the core values of engagement, enrichment and empowerment, and we team up with communities and local partners to develop solutions adapted to their specific needs.
- Primary Contact Person(s): Danelle Kvalheim
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 604-685-2220 or 1 866 794-4900 # 3705
- Address: 411-470 Granville Street, Van. BC
- Website: breakfastclubcanada.org
Preferred Method of Contact
- Best method(s) to contact: Email, Phone
- Best day(s) to contact:Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
- Best time(s) to contact: Mornings, Afternoons
Students will work to research and develop nutrition resources geared towards school breakfast coordinators. In this three part project, students will work to create:
- Weekly menu planners with accompanying grocery lists
- Conversion charts - swapping unhealthy ingredients for healthier alternatives in recipes
- Recipes targeting specific breakfast program arrangements
What challenge or issue does the project aim to address?
This project will help us to expand the number of nutrition resources that we are currently able to provide for school administrators/coordinators. BCC’s Nutrition Committee may also utilize these resources in future projects.
Student Assets and Skills (preferred or required)
- Experience and/or knowledge of school nutrition
- Experience synthesizing data
- Good written and oral communication skills
- Strong organizational skills
Student Assets and Skills (to be developed through the project)
- Collaboration skills with teammates and the BCC staff
- Professional communication skills
- Time management
- Application of nutrition knowledge
Is a criminal record check required?
If a criminal record check is required, when should the process be initiated?
The majority of the work will be done remotely, with occasional meetings in office/via Skype. Students will also have the opportunity to visit a local school’s breakfast program at the beginning of the term.
Preferred Days of Week and Hours
TBD by group members
Project/Partner Orientation Materials
Students should review these materials prior to the first partner meeting:
- About our organization
- Other websites: LiveStrong Ingredient Swaps, Healthy Recipe Substitutions, Sweet and Savoury Breakfasts
- Students should request the relevant past LFS350 student reports from your TA
The following will be provided at the first community partner meeting:
- Students will be provided with more details/deadlines during the initial meeting.
Related Community Service Opportunities for Students
Students will have the opportunity to visit a school breakfast program at the beginning of the term.
I hope students will learn about...
- School meal programs, youth education, applying and presenting their nutrition knowledge to a targeted audience.
I think students will come to appreciate...
- working efficiently as a group to produce useful resources for schools.
Through this project, students will develop...
- An understanding of the work that goes into building a toolbox of resources that meets the needs of busy school breakfast program coordinators across the country.
Intended Project (Short Term) Outcome
- School breakfast program coordinators will be better supported when looking to improve the menu at their breakfast program.
Medium Term Outcomes
If the student project is part of a larger project at your organization, how will the students' work contribute to the goals of this larger project?
- School children will have access to healthier foods through school nutrition programs, as program coordinators will be accessing improved menu-planning resources
How does the student project contribute to your organization's mission and long-term vision?
This project will be invaluable in contributing to the Breakfast Club of Canada’s goals:
- We believe all children deserve an equal chance at success.
- We believe a child can not learn on an empty stomach.
- We believe a healthy breakfast can change a life, a journey, a society.