school breakfast partnership
an opportunity for every child in our region to have a nutritious start to the day
Healthy food supports healthy minds, and is key to good education. In response to a growing awareness that many students were going to school most days without eating breakfast, Hands Up Mallee consulted with schools, then developed and formalised a program to support school breakfast programs in the Mildura Local Government Area.
Demand on available resources has increased since work began in 2012, and the average number of breakfasts served each term grows. In 2016 we saw breakfasts grow to over 1000 breakfasts per week. In 2017 this number has grown to 1200 breakfasts served per week and is likely to continue to increase as more schools become involved.
extensive consultation with schools revealed that:
Many teachers believe a significant number of children are affected by the issue of hunger
Principals identified that children attending school without having eaten breakfast was a barrier to student health and wellbeing; as well as positive learning outcomes - which has wide ranging and potentially long-term ramifications
Several schools had identified regular student absenteeism was often linked with a family's inability to send food to school with their child
Several schools in the region had attempted school breakfast program in the past or were running small scale breakfast programs, but these programs were viewed by schools as unsustainable and were a drain on school's limited funds
Other schools identified a need for a breakfast program but didn't have the finances or capacity to establish a program
the partnership model
In our region we have adopted a coordinated and collaborative approach to breakfast programs. The Mildura Region School Breakfast Partnership is designed to strengthen and establish school breakfast programs in the Mildura region and alleviate the financial burden on school budgets. The partnership includes Hands Up Mallee, Foodbank Australia, participating schools and financial donors.
Schools jointly contribute to, and share from, a central pool of funds as well as support each other by sharing information, ideas and insights into getting the most out of the program.
This approach ensures all schools have the same opportunity to host a breakfast program, eliminates competition between schools for funds, provides practical locally relevant advice, and encourages whole of community support for the partnership.
partnership report 2016-2017
The Mildura Region School Breakfast Partnership is one of the most important and unique programs initiated by Hands Up Mallee to date.
After four years we know the partnership supports a variety of school breakfast programs across the region which:
Contribute to improved general health, nutrition, hygiene and wellbeing of students
Contribue to student and parent engagement
Provides access to fresh fruit, which schools identified as an essential component to promote healthy eating
Fosters collaboration and emphasises local support and community ownership, which are key components to ongoing success
From initial pilot - 2013
Chaffey Secondary College
Dareton Public School (NSW)
Mildura Senior College
Ranfurly Primary School
Red Cliffs East Primary School
Red Cliffs Secondary College
St Joseph’s College
St Paul’s Primary School
The Lake Primary School
Mildura West Primary School
Irymple Secondary College
Mildura Specialist School
St Joseph’s Primary School
Trinity Lutheran College
Murrayville Community College
Nangiloc Colignan & District Primary School
Red Cliffs Primary School
4 local kindergartens also source their fruit through the Partnership. Further exploration on this unmet need in our community is needed.
donations and sponsors
Mildura schools struggle to keep breakfast programs funded. It is difficult to keep the costs of buying food low as the demand for these types of programs increase. To make sure they not only survive but can expand as required, we need to build long-term financial partnerships to reduce costs and to keep these breakfast programs thriving.
We would love to hear from influential businesses and community agencies who want to support healthy children in Mildura. We are particularly interested in talking to potential donors around significant long-term donations, and discussing how we can recognise your support.
100% of your donation will:
be directed to a dedicated account for the sole use of schools in the Mildura region for the Breakfast Program Partnership
be used to pay for subsidised food for school breakfast programs
be tax deductable (donations about $2.00) Sunraysia Community Health Services will issue a donation receipt
current breakfast partnership sponsors include:
For more information on the Mildura Region Breakfast partnership or to become a donor contact:
Rachael Longeri - Health Promotion Officer
Phone: 03 5025 9604