CIBC Mellon helps students get a bright start to the day

Donates $10,000 in support of Breakfast for Learning

TORONTO, March 29 /CNW/ - Students in the breakfast program at North Kipling Jr. Middle School enjoyed their breakfast with some special guests on the morning of Friday, March 26. CIBC Mellon employees including Thomas S. Monahan, president and chief executive officer, joined the students for a nutritious breakfast to celebrate CIBC Mellon's $10,000 donation as part of the company's 5-year commitment to Breakfast for Learning, a national organization that supports North Kipling's breakfast program and student nutrition programs across Canada.

CIBC Mellon employees helped prepare and serve breakfast to approximately 80 students who attend the school's daily breakfast program. The breakfast program at North Kipling, which started more than 10 years ago, ensures that all children who attend the school have access to a healthy breakfast and the energy they need to learn and thrive.

"We are excited to have CIBC Mellon join us today at North Kipling Jr. Middle School to say thank you alongside the students who benefit everyday from CIBC Mellon's generosity," says Jennifer White, Director of Resource Development and Communications, Breakfast for Learning. "Proper nutrition is essential for growing bodies and minds. Through CIBC Mellon's commitment to Breakfast for Learning we are able to continue to work towards our mission of ensuring that every child in Canada attends school well-nourished and ready to learn."

"We're proud to support Breakfast for Learning," said Thomas S. Monahan, president and chief executive officer of CIBC Mellon. "Providing healthy meals to students gives our young people the energy they need to learn and grow. We look forward to continuing our support for children and youth across Canada through our corporate social responsibility program."

CIBC Mellon's donation was the company's fourth installment of its 5-year commitment totaling $50,000. During 2009, CIBC Mellon contributed to more than 100 non-profit organizations supporting our communities in the areas of Arts and Culture, Children and Youth, Health and Wellbeing, and Environmental Sustainability.

Research shows that well-nourished students show improved memory, problem-solving skills, creative abilities and self-esteem. Overall, they also perform better in school. Yet in Canada, 31 percent of elementary and 62 percent of secondary school students do not eat breakfast daily.

Breakfast for Learning works to empower communities across Canada to start and sustain nutrition programs in order to enhance learning and the healthy development of children and youth. Together with generous supporters like CIBC Mellon, Breakfast for Learning funded 2,900 child nutrition programs across Canada in 2008/2009, serving healthy breakfasts, lunches and snacks to more than 222,000 children and youth in a nurturing environment.

For more information on Breakfast for Learning and CIBC Mellon, please visit www.breakfastforlearning.ca and www.cibcmellon.com.

About Breakfast for Learning

Breakfast for Learning was founded in 1992 as the first and most comprehensive national organization in Canada dedicated to the direct support of school nutrition programs and the healthy development of children and youth. Having served over 300 million meals to date, Breakfast for Learning continues to utilize a community development model with over 30,000 volunteers who deliver breakfast, lunch and/or snack programs across the country. For more information, visit www.breakfastforlearning.ca.

About CIBC Mellon

CIBC Mellon is 50-50 jointly owned by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and BNY Mellon. CIBC Mellon Global Securities Services Company is a leading provider of financial services for institutions and corporations, providing superior asset servicing, multicurrency accounting, information delivery, securities lending and foreign exchange services in Canada. For more information, visit www.cibcmellon.com.

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SOURCE CIBC Mellon

For further information: For further information: Media Contacts, Katrina Cinelli, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Breakfast for Learning, Phone: 1-800-627-7922 ext. 31, Email: katrina@breakfastforlearning.ca; David Bauer, Manager, Corporate Communications, CIBC Mellon, Phone: (416) 643-5142, Email: david_bauer@cibcmellon.com


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