Food For Thought, breakfast program in Brandon schools


Twenty years ago, Brandon School Division launched a breakfast program in just three early years schools. Today, it has evolved into a breakfast and snack program that reaches into 18 Brandon and Shilo schools.

Nutritious breakfast cereal, milk, juice, fruit and snacks are served to any student who wishes to attend, without cost or eligibility criteria.

Program Co-ordinator, Angie Williamson says, “on average we serve 300 students a day.” January saw a total was 5879 student meals served.

The program is funded through a national program called Food For Thought and is similarly run in communities across Canada. It also receives funding from sponsorship and donations locally, including corporate sponsors like Maple Leaf Foods.

Brandon’s breakfast program is also getting a boost this week from the patrons of Prairie Firehouse. Prairie Firehouse (637 Princess Avenue, Brandon) is hosting a beer tasting event where each food course will be paired with a specially selected beer from Beaus All Natural Brewing. Tickets are $65 and must be purchased in advance of the event. The dinner takes place at 7pm on Thursday February 22nd. Call or stop by for more information.

To learn more about this impactful breakfast and snack program in our schools, visit

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