A good community breakfast sees more kids going to school.

United Way campaign breakfast helps feed family resource centre kids

About 200 caring friends of United Way ate a simple “Breakfast Club” breakfast at the Manitoba Children’s Museum on Friday and helped put food into kids’ tummies before they go to school.

2015 Campaign Chair Kelvin Shepherd MC'd the "Breakfast Club" at the Manitoba Children's Museum.

2015 Campaign Chair Kelvin Shepherd MC’d the “Breakfast Club” at the Manitoba Children’s Museum.

The occasion was the first of three report sessions – tracking the progress of Campaign 2015’s goal to help 17,000 people over and above more than 250,000 people helped by Winnipeggers through United Way last year.

“We’re off to a good start,” 2015 Campaign Chair Kelvin Shepherd said after revealing the generosity of Winnipeggers has raised 43% of the campaign goal.

Leah McGuiness, left, and Debbie Kutzan from Plessis Road Family Resource Centre pull 2015 Campaign progress out of cereal boxes.

Leah McGuiness, left, and Debbie Kutzan from Plessis Road Family Resource Centre pull 2015 Campaign progress out of cereal boxes.

“Let’s keep up the pace and aim to double that by our next campaign breakfast on November 6.”

The breakfast of cereal, fruit, juice, muffins and yogurt was similar to what about 40 children at a United Way-supported family resource centre – Plessis Road Family Resource Centre – eat every day in their “Breakfast Club” program before school to ensure they are starting the day ready to learn with food in their stomachs.

Getting kids into the centre for breakfast is only the start—after they eat, they all walk together in a “walking school bus” that’s increasing school attendance.

Plessis Road Family Resource Centre feeds about 40 children before school.

The Plessis Road Family Resource Centre, where about 40 children get a nutritious breakfast before school each day.

United Way friends ate a simple but nutritious breakfast like the kids at Plessis eat.

United Way friends ate a simple but nutritious breakfast like the kids at Plessis eat.

Leah McGuiness, a single mom whose children used the breakfast program, spoke about the huge impact of the resource centre in her life.

“The resource centre has made a difference in all our lives. All six of my kids have used the breakfast program. My two youngest sons still do – I can’t afford to give them the breakfast they get there.”

Leah McGuiness talked about the difference Plessis Road Family Resource Centre has made in the lives of her family.

Leah McGuiness talked about the difference Plessis Road Family Resource Centre has made in the lives of her family.

Debbie Kutzan, who works at Plessis, said the family resource centre is located in a low-income community where most families are single-parent.

“More kids in our community are attending school, with full tummies, ready to concentrate and learn.”

Plessis Road Family Resource Centre is one of 23 family resource centres Winnipeggers support through United Way. Last year the centres helped more than 35,000 people.

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