The Begbie View Elementary (BVE) breakfast program has been running daily since the start of the 2018/19 school year, and it has proven itself to be a success.
Run completely by volunteers, the breakfast club runs from 8:00-8:25 am (though volunteers work from 7:50-8:45 am) and offers a variety of breakfast choices to student. Nicole Mckenzie, the Breakfast Club co-ordinator, notes that a variety of food is purchased. Cereal, toast, bagels, yogurt, overnight oats, fresh fruit and cheese are all offered. Periodically muffins, boiled eggs and other foods will be available.
“The club also gets donations from the Revelstoke Food Recovery Program through Community Connections,” Mckenzie says. “Melissa Hemphill is our district coordinator, and she applies for the grants that allow us to fund the purchase of groceries. We also accept donations and they come from various places. After the Terry Fox run at BVE we received the left over fruit.”
Chris McMillan and Kathy Inkster have volunteered to be responsible for Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Neither have children in the school system. In fact, both are retired.
“I heard on the radio they needed volunteers, and I have the time and inclination to help out,” says McMillan.
On average, the two women serve between 40 and 50 students a morning. “Numbers are up this year,” notes Mckenzie.
“Not all need breakfast, some come for the social aspect of course, and everyone is more than welcome,” says Inkster. However, for every one child coming to socialize, one is coming because they need the breakfast.
Food is left out as the bell rings, along with a surplus of small bags, and children are welcome to grab a snack for later in the day.
Volunteers are always welcome. If you have the inclination to help or make a donation to the program, please contact the school.