"The social impact of this program has been outstanding. It has lead to a marked improvement in school attendance. Chronic late arrivals are now here before school and many behaviours we experienced because children were coming to school hungry have disappeared."
Daystar provides breakfast each school week for around 3700 children at 14 schools in South West Sydney. We know children who eat breakfast are more likely to attend school, be better behaved and have positive interactions with fellow students and teachers. Skipping breakfast adversely affects a child's ability to concentrate at school, their social behaviour and physical development.
Daystar works with volunteers from the community including parents and school staff, together with our corporate partners to run our Breakfast Clubs each school day.
One local school conducted a survey of students' families in mid 2006 to determine how many children regularly ate breakfast, and what they ate. The survey revealed that nearly 70 percent of children were not eating a healthy breakfast, and that the staple diet of most children at the school was a "soup in a cup". We continue to look for ways to improve all our programs; and so recently at Breakfast Club at Sarah Redfern High School we began providing basic lunch items for students to make their own lunches in the morning.
We know Breakfast Club makes a difference to the health and wellbeing of students and their ability to concentrate throughout the school day.
University of Wollongong Thesis Collection
- Practical methods to evaluate school breakfast programs: a case study