Breakfast clubs on the rise

NOW in its 16th year of operation, the Warrane Primary School Breakfast Club’s success is arguably underpinned by the longevity of its volunteers.

Julie Dick is one of several volunteers who has contributed to the Breakfast Club for more than 12 years and is living proof of the program’s continued vitality.

“I’ve seen a lot of kids come and go and am proud to be here,” Ms Dick said.

“The kids are marvellous and that’s why I’m still there.”

Parents are increasingly busy juggling childcare with work, often having to opt for pre- and post-school care.

Breakfast clubs offer them some respite, both financially and from the chaos of the morning school run.

The Tasmanian Labor Party frequently volunteers with the Warrane Primary School Breakfast Club, with Labor Member for Franklin David O’Byrne making regular contributions alongside other dedicated volunteers.

Mr O’Byrne said it’s vital that food relief services across Tasmania remain supported by the Government.

“Tasmanian organisation Loaves and Fishes provides around 70 per cent of the state’s emergency food relief, servicing 220 community food programs and 38 school breakfast clubs,” he said.

“Yet their southern operations, supporting 134 community food programs, remain at risk of closure, which will affect the health and learning of students across southern Tasmania and put more pressure on overstretched household budgets.

“Labor will continue to call on the Government to support school breakfast programs to ensure that their services to the community can continue.”

Caption: Volunteer Julie Dick with Labor Member for Franklin David O’Byrne.

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