4/5 - (44 votes)

“KickStart Breakfast is one way Sanitarium and Fonterra give back to communities and is part of our commitment to promoting health and nutrition through a great start to the day.

Alongside support from the New Zealand Government, KickStart Breakfast is based around a community partnership model – Sanitarium and Fonterra provide cereal and milk, and each school community takes responsibility for preparing and delivering this to students in need each week.  After a great response to a pilot in 30 decile one schools in 2008, Sanitarium and Fonterra partnered up to offer the programme to all decile one to four schools across New Zealand in 2009. Today KickStart Breakfast is available to all decile 1-10 primary, intermediate and secondary schools and operates in over 900 schools, showing children how important a balanced breakfast is for learning.

We’ve had great feedback on the programme with teachers and principals noting that children who have had a nutritious breakfast perform better throughout the school day. Breakfast clubs are about more than eating breakfast at school. The engaging environment encourages students to develop social skills and take on extra responsibility.  KickStart Breakfast Clubs rely on the work of devoted and inspirational volunteers coordinators, student leaders and principals to make things happen. Since 2014, KickStart Breakfast have celebrated their contribution with the KickStart Breakfast Awards. The Awards recognise the true champions of KickStart Breakfast who deliver and maintain the values of the programme:

  • – Positivity
  • – Proactive
  • – Purposeful

There are three awards categories:

1. Breakfast Club of the Year – This award recognises a KickStart Breakfast Club that excels in delivering a quality programme for their students, school and community. It will be presented to a Club that understands and lives the KickStart Breakfast values, helping more students to achieve their best by having a great start to their day.

2. Student Champion of the Year – This award acknowledges student champions who have shown an exceptional and outstanding commitment to their KickStart Breakfast Club. It recognises our KickStart leaders of tomorrow and promotes aspiring youth leadership.

3. Unsung Hero of the Year – This award recognises a volunteer’s contribution to their KickStart Breakfast Club (so students are not eligible in this category). It will be presented to a volunteer who ensures their KickStart Breakfast Club is run to a high standard and its values are upheld and maintained throughout the year.”