Group hands out 2,000 food boxes in Calgary

Candice Ward/For Metro Calgary


Chelsea Loucks of radio station Vibe 98.5 gives away free breakfasts yesterday during a Breakfast Clubs of Canada event.

Calgarians were treated to a free breakfast yesterday morning thanks to the Breakfast Clubs of Canada (BCC).

Members of the BCC and their sponsor, Astral Media, hit the streets to raise awareness for nutrition programs for schoolchildren across Canada.

"It is symbolic to show people how important it is to eat a healthy breakfast," said Daniel Germain, president and founder of the BCC.

Over the six-city Canadian tour, 10,000 breakfast boxes containing yogurt, a nutrition bar, cheese and a juice box were handed out, including 2,000 in Calgary.

It was a delightful treat for those who had not had breakfast yesterday morning and received a box.

"It is really awesome. I usually just get something from the cafeteria," said Kim Avlar, a student on her way to school.

For those handing out the boxes, it was a challenging morning.

"It is like working for NASCAR. We all sort of dart out into traffic and not change their tires but give them breakfast instead," said Chelsea Loucks, a member of the Vibe 98.5 team, which was out handing out breakfast boxes.

The BCC have partnered with Wal-Mart to raise money through the sale of bookmarks. Each bookmark can be purchased for $1.

The "Give Them a Taste for Learning" program will take place at all Wal-Mart locations nationwide until March 27.

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