7 May 2014
2014 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.
Foodbank WA invites schools to submit up to two individual or ‘group’ nominations for the 2014 School Breakfast Program Volunteer Awards. The initiative is aimed at helping schools to acknowledge and formally recognise the outstanding contribution that volunteers make to School Breakfast Programs across the state. It is also an acknowledgement that the effects of the School Breakfast Program go beyond the simple provision of food - the Program facilitates meaningful social and emotional interaction for all participants, both students and volunteers.
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 2014 Awards scheme.
What is the School Breakfast Program Volunteer Awards scheme?
The Awards scheme 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 scheme is for Foodbank WA to materially assist School Breakfast Program schools 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 the school staff who coordinate the program often do so voluntarily, over and above their usual duties.
The ‘Group Nomination’ option is a great way for schools to acknowledge more than two individuals or a collective group – ‘The Breakfast Club Team’, ‘The Year 7 Leadership Group’ and ‘Cornerstone Church’ are examples of past group recipients.
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; communicating with Foodbank WA; setting up, providing breakfasts and cleaning up; and talking to students during breakfast.
How will Award recipients be recognised?
For individual recipients, Foodbank WA will supply schools with a personalised cover letter (addressed to the recipient), a Certificate of Recognition (personalised with the recipient’s name and awarding school), and a small gift. For group recipients, Foodbank WA will supply a certificate (personalised with the group’s name and awarding school) and a personalised cover letter (addressed to the group). All recipients will also be listed in the Term 3 edition of The Morning Toast.
Please click here to access the nomination form. For more information, please contact Miranda (Coordinator, School Breakfast Program) at Foodbank WA on 9463 3213 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominations close on Friday 30 May (Week 5)