The Lunch Lady is proud to be a supporter of Breakfast for Learning, working together to supply funds, nutrition education and support to Canadian Children in need. Each time you order one of our FUN MEALS, we donate 10 cents to support Breakfast for Learning in northern Canadian communities. Thanks for ordering these popular meals.
Breakfast for Learning in a non-profit organization that empowers Canadian communities to start and sustain school nutrition programs to enhance learning and the healthy development of children and youth. Last year, they served over 46,000,000 nutritious meals and snacks to more than 267,000 children and youth in over 2,300 nutrition programs.
Donations to Breakfast for Learning will be directed towards three communities that the Lunch Lady has committed to support in Northern Manitoba and Nunavut. A short introduction to each of these communities is provided below. If you have any questions regarding the new partnership please don't hesitate to ask.
We will keep you posted on the rollout of our new ordering system that will support the donation process; it is currently in the final testing phase. We are excited to see this partnership take off!
Breakfast for Learning programs being supported by the Lunch Lady Group:
South Indian Lake, Manitoba
Oscar Blackburn School is a k-12 school with 317 students. 97% of them are First Nations Cree children. The community is semi-remote being 320 km. from the nearest largest community of Thompson, Manitoba.
The community has some employment including the school, the OPCN Cree Nation, the South Bay Construction Company and temporary construction jobs with outside contractors. There also exists commercial fishing and trapping. many people rely on Social Assistance.
Oscar Blackburn School runs a breakfast program which serves 160 of their students 5 days a week.
A number of school staff volunteer every morning while yet another teacher oversees the ordering and inventory for incoming food.
Breakfast is served through a large serving window that faces our multi-purpose room. The breakfast items are laid out cafeteria style and all students are welcome to take all or some items depending on their choice for breakfast.
“Our students benefit so much from your donation. Not only does BFL get our students off to a great start, but for some, it may be their only nutritious meal of the day”. – Jim Robson, Principal, Oscar Blackburn School.
Brochet School is a k-12 school with 140 students. Brochet is a remote fly-in community located in Northern Manitoba. Majority of students are Cree with several Dene families. Most are low socio-economic status.
Brochet school runs a school breakfast program that serves 120 of their students 5 days a week.
Breakfast is prepared in a multi-purpose room and then delivered to students in their classrooms.
“’My mom told me I couldn’t go to school this morning because we had no cereal to eat and I told her my teacher would give me toast right away if I asked her’. Thanks to the BFL donors this child came to school confident that he would be provided with food. Without BFL this child may indeed have stayed home and missed important school learning. This teacher, on behalf of this child and others like him, are very thankful for your support.” – Marie Wiseman, nutrition coordinator, Brochet School
Attaguttaaluk Elementary and High schools are both located in Igloolik, a small town in the Melville Peninsula just south of northwestern Baffin Island in Nunavut. Igloolik is a fly-in community approximately two hours from the capital, Iqualuit.
The population of Igloolik is approximately 1300 people, of which 95% are Inuit. The language predominantly spoken in Igloolik is Inuktitut. The cost of bringing food into the isolated communities of Nunavut is very expensive and food insecurity is very high.
Ataguttaaluk Elementary School has an enrollment of 360 students from K to 7 with a 100% Inuit enrollment. A breakfast program is run that serves the entire school population 5 days a week. Soup is prepared 4 days per week in the kitchen area of the Home Economics room and then carried to the individual classrooms to be distributed to the students by the classroom teachers. Each student will receive a bowl of soup with some whole wheat crackers. On days when soup is not served, students receive whole wheat bread with cheese and or peanut butter. Also when available, students receive a portion of an apple or orange and banana.
“As a result of our program, students appeared happier in school, were able to work better without disruptions in class and they seemed better able to focus on their school work for longer periods of time (better time-on-task).” - Fred Saunders, Vice Principal, Ataguttaaluk Elementary School, Igloolik, Nunavut
Ataguttaaluk High School has an enrollment of 250 students from grade 8 to 12. The population of the school is 99% Inuit. Breakfast and snack is served 5 days a week, using the gym and classrooms.
“On behalf of the students of Ataguttaaluk High School I would like to thank you for the opportunity for students to have a healthy meal” - Vince Pickett, principal, Ataguttaaluk High School. – Vince Pickett, Principal, Ataguttaaluk High School, Igloolik, Nunavut