Fuel for school

Breakfast is back on the menu for school students around Tasmania thanks to a new partnership between Variety Tasmania and Aurora Energy.

The Variety School Breakfast Club will enable allocated schools to deliver a nutritious breakfast five-days-a-week to all students.

The multi-year, $50,000 annual agreement will fund about 12 schools’ breakfast programs from different areas across the state every year.

Variety Tasmania CEO Mohammad Aldergham said the partnership offered students a wonderful opportunity for what was the most important meal of the day.

“We all know the best possible start to the day involves a nutritious breakfast,” he said.

“It’s shown to improve problem solving, memory, concentration and anecdotally, the teachers find the kids are calmer and ready to learn.

“Our partnership with Aurora provides the much-needed funds to expand the Variety Kids Breakfast Program.

“We applaud Aurora for recognising the value of investing in the health and well-being of our Tassie kids and our communities more broadly.”

The Breakfast Club was first piloted in 2022 and has provided 30,000 breakfasts across 10 schools over two years.

Aurora Energy Tasmania chief executive officer Nigel Clark said the breakfast program would produce practical, long-term benefits for the community.

“I know many moons ago when I was a kid at school how important it was to eat breakfast,” he said.

“It gave me the energy I needed to get through a full day of classes.

“This partnership will not only help put smiles on kids’ faces, but more importantly mean they don’t fall behind in their learning which is a win-win.”

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