School Breakfast Program

How do I get a School Breakfast Program at my school?

We accept applications at different times throughout the year.  Please check our website regularly.  Applications can only be submitted by school principals.

How can my school get equipment?

If you need equipment for your program you must contact your Community Development Coordinator indicating your need for equipment. Your CDC will email two documents – one outlines the process for requesting equipment and the other will be the Equipment Request Application form that you will complete and submit to your CDC for approval. Do not purchase any equipment before receiving an approval email from your CDC.

What nutrition and food preparation guidelines do I need to follow?

You must follow the Student Nutrition Program Nutrition Guidelines. When processing food items ensure you are following the Safe Food Preparation Guidelines.

Can we serve eggs?

Yes. Eggs must be wrapped after cooking and cooling. This will protect the eggs from contamination. The shell alone is not a durable barrier of protection. Eggs should be served/consumed within 2 hours if kept at room temperature or kept cold (4oC/40oF or below) if they are not consumed within 2 hours.

How do we sanitize if using a bin program?

The bin is a surface that needs to be sanitized like any other program surface you clean. Bins must be cleaned and sanitized after they have been used. Bin usage can vary from school to school, some schools may need to clean and sanitize their bins daily while other may only need to do so every 2-3 days.

How do I count participation in the program?

Participation numbers are based on the number of meals or snacks prepared.

In-class Bin Programs: count the number of snack/meal servings put in bins each day. This number may reflect either total school enrollment (if the program serves every child or youth in every classroom) or program demand. A bin could last one or more days.

Example #1: a snack program fills 10 bins with 25 servings of baby carrots and hummus. Each bin is given to a different classroom and lasts one day. The total number of meals served is 250.

Example #2: A snack program fills 15 bins with 60 servings of apples and whole grain cereal bags. Each bin is given to a different classroom and lasts three days. The number of meals served is 900 (300 for each of the three days).

Serve & Go Programs: The number should reflect how many meals/snacks are put out and not how many meals/snacks are taken.

For example, a breakfast program puts out 100 bananas, yogurts, and whole wheat English muffins. At the end of the morning, there are five bananas, eight yogurts, and two English muffins left over. The number of meals served is 100.

You Can Help Students Learn

Children who eat a healthy breakfast engage more in class, perform better academically, and have fewer behaviour issues. Your donation will help provide 16,000 local children with a nutritious breakfast and the chance to start each school day on equal footing with their peers.

Volunteer with the School Breakfast Program

The School Breakfast Program is supported by dedicated volunteers that assist with a variety of essential tasks, like food preparation, breakfast service, and more. You can help us support local children and youth, one breakfast at a time.