Beginning school year 2016-2017, Children’s Joy Foundation has been a main donor of nourishing daily meals (breakfast and lunch) at LA Matheson Secondary School and Senator Reid Elementary School.
The students from both schools come from low-income families. When these students attend school without any food in their stomachs, it hard for them to concentrate which often leads to fights, high absenteeism, and low interest in learning.
Since CJF initiated the Daily Free Food Program, the students are more relaxed, happy, and are able to mingle and make new friends. Below is a report given by both schools.
LA Matheson Secondary School 2016-2017 Report
It keeps you awake because if you don’t eat breakfast you feel sick all day and you can’t concentrate.Tatiana, Gr 11, LA Matheson
Eating keeps your energy and you can focus on your work. If you are hungry, you can’t learn.Shafilah, Gr 12, LA Matheson
I have been at LA Matheson for 17 years, and while we had snacks, we have only recently been able to offer full meals and it has made such a difference! The students are calmer now and they seem more relaxed knowing that we have food for them when they need it and they don’t have to go hungry throughout the day. Even being able to have an excuse to check in with me and say hi, really helps reduce their anxiety.Youth Education Coordinator, LA Matheson
Breakfast is important because it keeps you healthy.Your stomach hurts and goes grumbly if you don’t eat breakfast. Cheese is my favourite because it has a lot of protein.Chris, age 8, Senator Reid
Breakfast is important because there are three meals in a day and you don’t want to starve.Ranaya, age 6, Senator Reid
Breakfast is yummy. If you don’t eat you get really hungry and you get distracted. You can’t listen in class.Zayed, age 8, Senator Reid
Eggs. Bacon. Toast. I like all breakfast! If you don’t have breakfast in the morning, you feel all tired and sloppy.Brooklyn, age 9, Senator Reid
Senator Reid 2016-2017 Report