Kawartha Credit Union again supports Food For Kids program

By Roderick Benns

Kawartha Credit Union again supports Food For Kids program
Food For Kids Coordinator Jennifer Armitage, far left, accepts a $3,000 cheque from staff at Kawartha Credit Union in Lindsay.

While this gift isn’t from the North Pole, it is still being received with holiday cheer by supporters of local programs that support student nutrition at school. Kawartha Credit Union in Lindsay is being recognized for its recent $3,000 donation to support the work of Food For Kids City of Kawartha Lakes.

Food For Kids is the organization that coordinates 46 student nutrition programs serving more than 10,000 students at schools across the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Kawartha Credit Union’s latest donation will be used to buy healthy food for students, while also purchasing needed equipment and appliances used in the nutrition programs. The funding comes from Kawartha’s Community Involvement Program, which aims to improve the quality of life in the communities served by the credit union.

“We are extremely grateful for the continuing generosity of Kawartha Credit Union, especially in sharing our vision of supporting student nutrition programs that help to fuel learning in local classrooms,” says Jen Armitage, the community coordinator of Food For Kids.

Kawartha Credit Union has provided donations to Food For Kids over the past several years. Armitage is hopeful the credit union’s donation will spur other businesses and community organizations to consider supporting student learning.

“We know that Kawartha Lakes students come to school hungry for many reasons, not just poverty. Long bus rides to school, early morning practices and hurried morning routines can all be factors,” she notes.

“Whatever the reason, by providing food to students, we help to ensure they can learn and concentrate in class without the distraction of an empty stomach.”

To financially support, volunteer with, or find out more about Food For Kids, visit here or  or call (705) 750-1043.

In Kawartha Lakes, student nutrition programs vary from a full sit-down breakfast before class to others featuring snack bins delivered to classrooms from which students can choose something to eat.

Whatever form they take, Armitage says the goal of nutrition programs is to ensure students have enough to eat to learn in school. All programs are free, and open to any student who wants to take part.

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