The School Breakfast Program delivers a healthy and nutritious start to the day to tens of thousands of WA school students.

Does your school need a School Breakfast Program?

Identifying the need for a School Breakfast Program

Want to know whether a School Breakfast Program might benefit your school community? Consider whether the following issues currently feature in the school:

  • Lethargic children, unable to concentrate on tasks

  • High rates of absenteeism

  • Poor physical health

  • Lack of engagement

  • Misbehaviour in classrooms

  • Bullying/fighting in the playground, and

  • Food theft

Another good indicator is to survey the students themselves. This would involve teachers or other support staff asking students about breakfast intake over a period of days. Some schools have discovered that up to 50% of students were either not having breakfast at all, eating an inadequate breakfast, or eating an inappropriate breakfast, such as chocolate and soft or energy drinks.

Build positive relationships

It is important to build positive relationships to ensure the success of your SBP. Build relationships with:

  • The school Principal, to obtain initial approval and ongoing support;

  • Teachers and other school staff, to ensure understanding and support;

  • Volunteers, to ensure satisfaction and retention;

  • Students, to ensure enjoyment and participation; and

  • Foodbank WA, to keep them up to date and obtain support where necessary.

Obtain support from Principal and school community

  • Prior to implementation, discuss how the program will benefit the students, teachers, and wider school community in a clear and inclusive manner

  • Encourage teachers and other support staff to attend regularly, to help out or to simply interact with the students in a non-classroom setting. The eventual improvements in learning outcomes and behaviour will encourage staff to participate, which ultimately improves student-staff relations

  • Consider inviting all interested students to participate in the School Breakfast Program, rather than simply targeting specific students. This 'open and inclusive' format often works to overcome the stigma' some children experience in being 'targeted' for involvement in SBPs.

  • Engage with the school's 'Parent and Community' or similar association to gain their support and to promote the program through their networks. These committees may also be able to provide financial support to obtain products not supplied through Foodbank WA.

More information about identifying the need for and establishing an SBP can be found in Section 3 of the School Breakfast Program Toolkit. Please visit the School Breakfast Program section of the Resource Library to download the SBP Toolkit.