1 in every 7 school children goes to school without breakfast, having missed the most important meal of the day[i]. Going to school hungry affects a child’s ability to concentrate, to learn and to achieve. This can lead to dire consequences throughout their lives.
As the largest food relief organisation in South Australia, one of the key areas of Foodbank’s work is to provide food for School Breakfast Programs for 270 schools. These schools are located across the state in Adelaide’s metro, country and regional areas.
There is a consistent growth in the number of Schools providing breakfast to their students. The number of schools Foodbank provides breakfast supplies has increased considerably over the last few years – from 240 only 9 months ago to the current 270 schools.
The resources to fund Foodbank’s support for School Breakfast Programs come in form of food donations from the food industry and financial donations from philanthropic groups and members of the community. Deliveries to Schools are made in partnership with organisations like Kick Start for Kids and Red Cross who also offer food education and mentoring to the children and look to make a long term impact in their lives.
“Foodbank’s fundamental belief is that no one should go hungry and we are determined to find all resources needed to fight child hunger in our community. But we need support”, says Greg Pattinson, Foodbank’s CEO.
On Tuesday, 5 May, Foodbank’s Founder and active Board Member, The Hon. Dean Brown AO, is hosting an event to raise much needed funds to support Foodbank’s work with School Breakfast Programs.
“Supporting this business networking event is a practical way of investing in the education of our most vulnerable children. Come and enjoy the occasion.” said Dean Brown.
Held at La Boca Bar and Grill at North Terrace, the fundraiser will be a great opportunity to bring together Foodbank’s long time and new supporters and to reinforce their commitment to feed children in need in South Australia.
Channel 7’s Jessica Adamson will be the MC for the night and there will be an auction with money-can’t-buy prizes, including a couple of guernseys signed by the Port Adelaide Football Club players.
“Stamford Hotels and Resorts and La Boca Bar and Grill are pleased to support such a worthy event and to share our passion for food with the community. We are delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to a cause where we can make a direct impact on the wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable members of society – our children. Our passion for food and the belief that everyone should be able to start the day in a healthy and nutritious way further encourages our support for not only the event but all of Foodbank’s great initiatives.
The food that will be served at the event represents some of La Boca’s favourite dishes, prepared by our resident Argentinean chef Nicolas Arriola, using the best local South Australian ingredients and cooked using traditional Argentinean methods.” says Karl Unterfrauner, Stamford Hotels Operations Vice President.
Tickets for the event cost $50 and include La Boca’s exclusive cocktail menu, wine and beverages. Registrations are open at www.foodbankfundraiser.eventbrite.com.au
[i] i Australian Bureau of Statistics, CensusAtSchool Australia (2013)
Foodbank South Australia
Foodbank's fundamental belief is that no one should go hungry. We are the largest food relief organisation in South Australia sourcing and distributing healthy, nutritious food through a network of 550 charities and 270 schools to 60,000 South Australians every month with third of them being children. We rely on community support to put food on the table of those who otherwise would go without.