Did you know that nearly 1 million Canadian children are at risk of getting nothing to eat before they go to school in the morning?1 More than 20,000 busloads worth of kids may be walking into class without the nutrients and energy they need to truly learn.2
We understand that instinctively, but the full meaning of that classic phrase “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” will stun you. Poor nutrition in children increases the risk of developing chronic illnesses like diabetes, and mental health issues like anxiety.3 And of course, 60% of learning happens before lunch—so breakfast is intensely important for Canada’s young people.4
Making sure kids have the brain food they need to succeed is Breakfast Club of Canada’s mission. Every school morning they’re feeding more than 200,000 students in 1,600 schools nationwide—and they’re doing it with the support of Canada’s egg farmers.
Chloe Costa is Breakfast Club’s Program Coordinator and resident Nutritionist in the Atlantic Provinces, and she’s seen how the power of eggs fuel learning up close.
“Eggs, when part of a balanced breakfast, help prevent hunger as they are a great source of protein which is necessary for many things in the body, including building and repairing muscles and organs as well as essential vitamins including iron,” Chloe notes.
Eggs, of course, are the perfect fit for any breakfast program. What could be a more quintessential breakfast food than eggs? With 6 grams of the highest quality protein and important nutritients, eggs are at the core of a diet that will help children grow up healthy and strong. Breakfast Club values eggs because they deliver what many other breakfast foods simply can’t: versatility.“They are a versatile option for a breakfast protein that can be made in many different ways, all part of a balanced breakfast,” says Chloe.
“You can make quick-and-easy hard-boiled eggs, or serve them as part of a hot breakfast—eggs are nutrient dense, so no matter how you serve them, they can support optimal learning across the day!”
In her day-to-day work in Atlantic Canada supporting local Breakfast Clubs, Chloe sees the power of eggs up close.
“I’ve been volunteering for over 10 years with breakfast programs in Atlantic Canada,” says Chloe, “and now working with Breakfast Club of Canada and being so passionate about our mandate, it makes me so happy to see our impact—whether it’s seeing a smile on a little boy’s face because it’s egg sandwich day, or anything else.”
“Eggs are a fan favourite in Breakfast Club programs!”