In 2015, a passionate group of people surveyed all of the schools on the Acadian Peninsula in order to find out more about the current context of breakfast programs and their interest in the introduction of inclusive and accessible programs. The group discovered that the existing programs vary greatly from one school to another. The majority of schools do not have universally accessible programs or have no program in place. The barriers to breakfast programs, according to the schools, are the lack of human and financial resources.
After meetings with the District scolaire francophone Nord-Est (DSFNE school district), it became obvious that a non-profit organization that would help schools with the financing and support of breakfast programs would be beneficial. The group explored different breakfast program models, how they work and the support they offer schools.
In December 2017, the group chose to incorporate the Fondation des petits déjeuners de la Péninsule acadienne as a charitable organization. Two schools were chosen to pilot a universally accessible breakfast service.
UNI’s contribution to this project helps have breakfast served to all the students of the Acadian Peninsula, from Néguac to Miscou. These free breakfasts are accessible from kindergarten to the 12th grade to over 5000 students in 20 schools aiming to improve the health education of all the students of the Acadian Peninsula, without exception.