Buller High School joined in 2013 and their club is open to all students, siblings, parents and grandparents in the area. The school runs barista training and L3 Trades courses in hospitality and those students get hands-on experience through the club. They serve coffees to adults who drop in as well as prepping and serving other meals at the club.
Northcote Primary in Christchurch joined last year, serving breakfast three times a week. At least a quarter of the school’s students attend. A low decile school, the club has helped ease the financial pressures faced by some while parents and pre-schoolers sometimes attend helping build stronger links with the parent community.
The initial aim of providing a nutritious breakfast for kids who might otherwise not get that has been achieved. But, what has exceeded expectations are the communities in and out of the schools that have developed from the breakfast clubs and some of the intangible qualities that have come with that – care, nurturing, confidence and connection. We feel fortunate (and a little proud) to be playing a role in these communities.