With many disadvantaged children skipping the most important meal of the day, BaptistCare’s Warilla North Community Centre is addressing the problem by providing students at Warilla North and Mt Warrigal Primary Schools with a healthy breakfast three days a week.
Staffed by local volunteers, BaptistCare’s Good Start Breakfast Club meets at Warilla North and Mt Warrigal Primary Schools and gives a free healthy breakfast to disadvantaged kids aged 5-12 years, who would otherwise go without.
The Good Start Breakfast Club feeds between 50 and 60 students each day, offering cereal, toast and juice to make sure that the children who attend have the right start to their school day.
Walter Forrester, BaptistCare’s Illawarra Community Services Cluster Manager, says that lots of children are going without a nutritious breakfast in the Illawarra.
“A good breakfast is something many take for granted, yet many kids come from families that can’t afford nutritious food and often go without. It can really affect their learning at school,’’ he said.
Since it began in 1996, the program has served more than 43,769 meals to local primary school students with the wonderful help of over 100 volunteers.
“Once a term we try to do something special, like pancakes or bacon and eggs. Sometimes the parents come and we like to feed them too,” added Mr Forrester.
BaptistCare relies on the generous donations of bread from Bakers Delight Warilla Shopping Centre and cereal from Sanitarium. We also partner with Red Cross to give training and support to our Good Start Breakfast Club volunteers.
The BaptistCare Warilla North Community Centre is a vital community hub, providing a range of services to empower individuals, families and local communities.