Food for Kids’ Volunteers Celebrated For 25 Years of Feeding Hungry Students
Written by kerri, April 25, 2018
Hundreds of Volunteers Recognized at Appreciation Luncheon Gala
Today, more than 200 volunteers were honoured for their remarkable contributions that make school breakfast and snack programs possible in Peterborough County and City.
Twenty-five years ago, a local service group approached two downtown schools and Peterborough’s public health unit with the idea of organizing a breakfast program for children. Through the significant commitment and dedication of community partners, local businesses, schools, and volunteers, the Food for Kids partnership has grown to 72 breakfast, snack and lunch programs in 48 schools.
“Since 1992, our community has stood behind breakfast programs and helped feed many children. We are honoured to celebrate all of the incredible volunteers who help to make Student Nutrition Programs a success,” said Susan McEwen, Chair of the Food for Kids Steering Committee. “Without their dedication and commitment, these programs couldn’t exist.”
“Volunteers contribute in many roles. Some do grocery shopping, or pick up food. Others help with food prep, serving meals or fundraising. There are so many ways that volunteers help feed kids,” said Angela Fuchs, Food for Kids Student Nutrition Program Coordinator. “Every contribution makes a positive impact to help students reach their potential.”
“When students are hungry, it is hard for them to concentrate in class. Good nutrition is clearly linked to an increased ability to learn,” said Luisa Magalhaes, Registered Dietitian with Peterborough Public Health. “Teachers report better student behaviour, attitude, attention span, and school attendance when nutrition programs are offered.”
Today’s luncheon recognized the contributions and dedication of Food for Kids’ 1000+ volunteers, who dedicate an average of 1,395 hours each week. Thirty-five Student Nutrition Program volunteers were honoured at the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards on April 19 for 2, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service. Susan McEwen expressed her sincere gratitude for the more than 150 community partners and sponsors who provide support.
“Thank you to all who contribute time, food, funding, supplies and space. Food for Kids needs you! Thank you for making an important impact on kids in our community.”
To contact Food for Kids, call 705-743-1000 or visit www.foodforkidsptbo.ca.