Pembina Pipeline and the Breakfast Club of Canada are topping up school breakfast programs with $5 million over the next five years to ensure students don't go to class on an empty stomach.
One in five Canadian children go to school hungry, according to a news release.
"A child's potential is limitless when they have food to fuel their brains," Daniel Germain, founder of Breakfast Club of Canada, said in a news release.
"We must believe in them now, so they can build their future and this donation by Pembina will help pave the way for the next generation. We are honored and grateful to have their trust in providing a healthy breakfast to children across the country."
Pembina has already been funding school breakfasts through its Fuel 4 Thought program, contributing $6.5 million to the Breakfast Club since the two organizations first partnered in 2016, according to the release.
The company's increased funding for the program will support the Club's existing programs and support new ones, the company said. It's also Pembina's largest charitable investment in company history, and makes the company one of the Club's largest supporters, it said.
"It goes beyond making sure that kids get enough to eat, which is absolutely essential," said Jaret Sprott, Pembina's chief operating officer and volunteer with Fuel 4 Thought.
"Through our partnership with Breakfast Club of Canada, we're also able to help move the needle on a major social issue that impacts everything from education to wellness, and I'm very proud that Pembina continues to step up to the plate and deliver on our commitment to communities."
The program is supported regionally in Fort St. John, Grande Prairie, and Valleyview, and in other cities across Alberta.
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