When you are hungry, you can’t be at your best. Going to school hungry affects a child’s ability to concentrate, to learn and to achieve. This can lead up to dire consequences throughout their lives.
We want to make sure that South Australian children, regardless of their circumstances, have an equal start in life which is why a key area of Foodbank’s work is to source and acquire food items to support School Breakfast Programs across metropolitan Adelaide as well as regional and remote areas of South Australia.
The program is delivered in consultation with each school and takes different forms according to their availability and interest. Some provide breakfast on a daily basis, some will do a couple of days a week, and others will make fresh fruit available at classrooms or canteens. Whatever shape or form they might take, it is Foodbank’s focus to make sure that the healthy food needed is available at no cost for schools.
Foodbank SA delivers breakfast foods to schools FREE of charge in all regions of SA, and also provides food to other charities for their breakfast programs.
“The school breakfast club has been a saviour in helping to feed students whom, for a wide range of reasons, may come to school not having eaten. It is not a program that is used to single out students who come to school without food, but is a program that is used to make these students feel comfortable in approaching us when they have not been fed.”
Youth Worker, Henley Beach Primary School
“The breakfast club is amazing, positive, vibrant program. To my delight it not only helps me get both of my Aboriginal children to school on time the two days it’s on, I have enjoyed seeing ALL kids across the school community enjoying some much needed healthy nourishment.”
Parent, Torrensville Primary School
Common items available are breakfast cereal, long life milk, bread, spreads like jam and Vegemite and tinned and fresh fruit. These are supplied at no cost to the schools involved in the program.
All South Australian schools are eligible to join. This includes primary and secondary schools as well as both public and private schools. Alternative education organisations can also enquire and may be eligible for the program.
School Breakfast Program orders are completed online via the Foodbank SA website. Once registered schools will receive logon details and they can login to view and order School Breakfast Program orders. See our current order schedule on the ‘Resources’ area below.
How can my school join?
If your school is interested in establishing a school breakfast program, please call our Schools Program Coordinator Eleisha Golding on 08 8351 1136 ext. 242. Alternatively, fill in the School Breakfast Program form and we will get in touch shortly.
How can your school help?
There are several ways for young people and Schools to get involved in Foodbank activities whilst having fun at the same time! These include food drives, school visits and tours, volunteering and fundraising.
Food drives are a great way for schools to help supply the non-perishable items that are always in need. Our most wanted items are those commonly found in your pantries. To see what foods are the most wanted and for more information about Food Drives click here.
School visits and tours
Schools are welcome to come for a warehouse tour. These visits offer talks which help to educate students about hunger in our community and see our operations.
Help us in the warehouse, meal packing and at events such as the Zombie Walk, Can Crusades and fun days.
Children can also assist Foodbank SA with tasks such as fundraising at school, decorating Christmas cards for hampers, holding casual days at their school and lots more.
If your school is interested in booking a visit or supporting Foodbank SA, please contact our Schools Program Coordinator Eleisha Golding on the form above.
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