On Saturday, 2 September, the Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman with the help of Fosters Food Fair will launch a new programme to ensure that young children attending primary school receive breakfast regardless of the financial circumstances of their parents or guardians.
Kiwanis has been supporting several children at a George Town school at the request of the principal.
Kiwanis does not know who the affected children are.
Only the principal is aware of the child with the need.
Typically in these circumstances, family income is above the limit for assistance from Social Services but is insufficient to meet the cost of three meals a day. Breakfast is typically the dropped meal.
Statistics from the United States and Europe clearly show that hungry kids don’t learn.
If a child misses breakfast, then behavioural, attention deficit and health problems can soon exhibit themselves. These problems can be compounded by the time the child advances into middle school.
On Saturday, Fosters Food Fair checkout staff at its IGA Airport, IGA Strand and IGA Republix supermarkets will be asking all customers to donate their change to the Buy A Kid Breakfast programme. Kiwanis personnel will be on hand at IGA Airport to answer any questions from shoppers.
Next week, the Subway group opens its new store in Savannah and will also be allowing the public to make contributions to Buy A Kid Breakfast through voucher donations at all Subway outlets. Events are planned for Kirk Supermarket and other locations over the coming months.
The Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman expresses its thanks to Woody Foster of Foster Group, and Troy Burke and Chris Barrell of Subway for helping to kickstart the Buy A Kid Breakfast programme, which is destined to be a periodic event until the circumstances that cause children to arrive at school unfed and hungry are eradicated.
The Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman is part of a global organisation of volunteers whose mission is to change the world one child and one community at a time. The Club meets at Le Brasserie in Cricket Square every Wednesday at 12:15 pm and prospective members are always welcome.
The Club’s annual events include Kiwanibike, Santa Landing, Santa Hats and a golf tournament. Projects for 2006/7 will include Colour Me Cayman – an educational colouring book for kids from 4 to 10 years of age, which will raise funds for the Young Children – Priority One programme, Key-Leader – a three-day advanced learning experience for 11th and 12th graders bringing out and emphasizing teamwork and leadership skills, and continued support for Key Clubs at Cayman Prep, John Grey, Triple C and Saint Ignatius schools.
Kiwanis International includes 8,250 clubs with more than 280,000 members in 94 nations. Last year, Kiwanis clubs donated more than US$100 million and almost 6 million volunteer hours for community service projects.