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Breakfast for Learning E-Newsletter: June 2015

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CELEBRATING THE 2014/15 SCHOOL YEAR!

I never realized the importance that a nutritious breakfast has on the overall well being of children and youth.  Every day I hear from educators, parents, volunteers and children about the positive impacts that a healthy breakfast has on children’s ability to learn.  I am so happy to be a part of an organization where I know we are making a difference in the lives of students every school day.”

-Community Leader, Newfoundland and Labrador

The end of the school year is a great time to step back and reflect on the accomplishments of the past academic cycle.  It is an opportunity to celebrate the support of corporate and individual donors and volunteers, and to remind ourselves of the tremendous impact that we have when we all work together to improve the lives of children and youth across the country. 

 During the 2014/15 academic year, Breakfast for Learning (BFL) continued to ensure that students attended school well nourished and ready to learn.  The generosity of our amazing supporters enabled BFL to have the following impact:

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You can help Canadian children this upcoming 2015/16 school year by making a donation today


EMPOWERING CANADIANS WITH KNOWLEDGE AND RESOURCES

In the spring of 2015, an Ipsos Reid poll was conducted with BFL to assess public perception of child hunger in Canada.  

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Almost all Canadians (97%) believe that a child’s food consumption has an impact on their ability to learn in the classroom, and a significant majority (96%) believes that nutrition levels impact a child’s ability to stay focused and participate in the classroom. However, according to the poll, only a minority of Canadians (44%) know just how many students are going to school hungry in Canada.  Most Canadians will be shocked to know that 1 in 6 Canadian children – that’s 1 million children - face hunger every year! 

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These results reinforce the importance of raising awareness about the prominence of child hunger in our country, and demonstrate that Canadians see the significant link between healthy eating and a child’s ability to learn.  This link is at the core of our mission and the school-based nutrition programs funded by BFL have proven to have a positive effect on students’ behaviour inside and outside the classroom. Breakfast for Learning funded schools report an improvement in their students’ academic success as a result of nutrition programs (83%) and 88% of schools report an improvement in classroom behaviour. 

 Child hunger affects so many children in Canada.  Breakfast for Learning is committed to raising awareness about this issue and empowering communities to deliver programs that will help give children and youth the best chance of success in the classroom and in life.  


FEATURED RECIPE:  Strawberry Spinach Salad

This fresh and tasty recipe is perfect for summer.  The vibrant flavours and colours are bound to attract kids and adults of all ages.  Enjoy!  

Makes: 4 servings        

Salad Ingredients: 

2 chicken breast, skinless and boneless
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1/2 tsp garlic
8 cups spinach
2 cups strawberries

Salad dressing: 

1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 Tbsp (25mL) wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp (2mL) Dijon mustard
8 cups spinach
2 cups strawberries

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F
2. Place chicken breasts in baking dish and sprinkle with garlic and pepper. Place in the oven for 30 minutes, or until no longer pink in the middle.

While the chicken is cooking:

3. Wash spinach leaves in cold water to remove any debris. Dry the leaves by using a clean cloth or a salad spinner
4. Wash and slice strawberries
5. In a bowl, combine vegetable oil, red wine vinegar (or balsamic vinegar), Dijon mustard, and black pepper. Whisk together

Assembly:

6. Slice each chicken breast into strips.
7. In a  large bowl combine spinach, strawberries, chicken and salad dressing.
8. Toss, serve and enjoy!

Tweak this recipe to match your family's taste:

  • Add sliced almonds or walnuts
  • Add grapes, kiwi, or blueberries
  • Sprinkle with your favourite cheese
  • Use your family’s favourite salad dressing                                   

Bon Appétit!

For more recipe ideas visit our Nutrition Corner at breakfastforlearning.ca.

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