Better breakfasts for Tassie school kids

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 21st December 2010

More school children will have access to nutritious breakfasts, thanks to $100,000 in Tasmanian State Government funding for breakfast programs next year.

The State Government has provided $400,000 over four years for schools to run breakfast programs in partnership with local communities.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Lin Thorp, said 22 schools are receiving funding to run breakfast programs in 2011.

“Many schools already do a fantastic job running breakfast programs and this funding will give even more students the opportunity to enjoy the benefits they provide,” she said.

“These programs offer a fantastic way to help children get a healthy start to their day and engage with the school community.

“Beginning the day with a good breakfast is an essential first step in preparing the body and mind for the demands of a busy day.

“School-based breakfast programs can help to ensure all students get a good start to the day and are alert and ready to learn.”

Ms Thorp said that in October, schools and education institutions in partnership with a community body, were invited to apply for funding.

She said successful schools were selected on the basis of their need, partnerships with community and evidence of the sustainability of the program.