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Call for Food Donations as School Breakfast Numbers Grow

With demand for Kickstart for Kids’ school breakfast program at an all-time high, our signature initiative that serves breakfast to some 50,000 local school children each week is in desperate need of food donations.

50 plus new primary schools have signed up for the program in the last six months, taking the total number of schools benefitting from the scheme to over 350, the number of children fed breakfast each week to more than 50,000 and those receiving Vegemite and cheese sandwiches for lunch to about 1,500 each day.

As our Founder, Ian Steel, says, “That’s an awful lot of bread…”.

“We’re delighted that we are able to provide as many disadvantaged children as possible with these all-important meals each day, but with no government funding or assistance and being totally reliant on corporate and public generosity, the surge in demand has really caught us out.”

Our charity relies largely on the bigheartedness of major product sponsor Bidfood and bread sponsors Foodbank, Drakes and Romeo’s.

“Our wonderful sponsors simply cannot keep up with demand and as our team of 900 volunteers would hate to have to say no to any less fortunate young child, we are calling on the generosity of South Australian businesses and the public to help us with critical food donations.”

“We are particularly looking for bulk donations of sliced bread – white, brown or wholemeal – as we currently go through about 3,000 loaves each week. With a shortfall of 300 plus loaves each day, we are being forced to purchase these to keep the program alive at every school.”

In addition to bulk donations of bread, we’re always in need of eggs, butter and bread spreads such as jams and Vegemite.

Ian Steel started KickStart for Kids almost a decade ago, and as well as our school breakfast programs, we also run our Camp Kickstart vacation program, where the most disadvantaged children partner with mentors during the school holidays and are taken on excursions, provided with a range of fun activities and served breakfast and lunch.

From just one camp two years ago, the initiative now offers five camps each year across lower socio-economic suburbs and areas, catering for 300 of South Australia’s most at-risk children.

For further information and to make a food donation, please call Ian on 0400 005 880, or contact us.