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17 May 2013

2013 School Breakfast Program Volunteer Award

Volunteers are critical to the existence of School Breakfast Programs across WA. Whilst Foodbank WA provides the ‘food’ component of the program free of charge to schools, the Program would not function on a school-level without the commitment and dedication of volunteers. On each school day, hundreds of volunteers across WA work to ensure that thousands of children can sit down in the classroom with a full stomach and ready to learn.

Nominations are now open for the 2013 School Breakfast Program Volunteer Award.  This initiative is aimed at helping schools to acknowledge and formally recognise the outstanding contribution that volunteers make to School Breakfast Programs across the state.

In acknowledgment of the benefits of volunteering to good mental health, Foodbank WA is happy to continue the partnership with Mentally Healthy WA’s Act-Belong-Commit initiative as a supporter of the 2013 Awards.

What is the School Breakfast Program Volunteer Award?
The Award is not intended as a competition, where one schools’ nominees are competing against other nominees state-wide – there are no ‘winners’ and ‘losers’. Rather, the purpose of the initiative is for Foodbank WA to assist each School Breakfast Program school to formally recognise the efforts of stand-out volunteers.

What are SBP Volunteers’?
School Breakfast Program volunteers come from a range of backgrounds, be they parents, community members or representatives from outside groups. Even school staff who coordinate the program often do so voluntarily, over and above their usual duties.

What sort of tasks do SBP Volunteers perform?
Volunteers perform various ‘behind the scenes’ and ‘front line’ tasks, including:
• Ordering and collecting SBP product from the local Foodbank WA Branch (or arranging transport of SBP product to remote schools)
• Communicating with Foodbank WA
• Setting up, providing breakfasts and cleaning up
• Ensuring all equipment is in working order and secure
• Talking to children and parents during breakfast

We are asking schools to nominate up to two people within their school community to receive the Award. These people may be staff members, community volunteers or even the designated ‘SBP Coordinator’.

Up to two people per school can be nominated and the nominations must be endorsed by the Principal before submission.

Please click here to access the information sheet & nomination form. For more information, please contact Miranda (Coordinator, School Breakfast Program) at Foodbank WA on 9463 3213 or via email miranda@foodbankwa.org.au

Nominations close on Friday 7 June (Week 5)