In partnership with Northumberland Food for Thought the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is pleased to announce the awarding of a $5,000 Community Impact Grant provided by Northumberland United Way.
Officials say the money will be utilized through Central East Student Nutrition Program’s online platform that enables its 39 member schools within Northumberland County to purchase food for their nutrition programs at affordable prices while minimizing volunteer workload. Created in 2019, the online store features food items that meet the nutrition guidelines set out by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, ensuring students have access to healthy food choices.
“Student nutrition programs generally operate on tight budgets, so this grant will really help schools stretch their food dollars,” said Beth Kolisnyk, Community Development Coordinator with Northumberland Food for Thought. “We are so grateful for the grant. Without community support, we could not offer school programs the kind of financial support they desperately need.”
“Last year, over 6,000 students in Northumberland County benefited from a breakfast, lunch, or snack program at school,” said Kimberly Leadbeater, Chair of Northumberland Food for Thought and Registered Dietitian with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “This grant means that schools can purchase more healthy food, ensuring that students start their day fueled for success. Establishing healthy eating habits early is key to optimizing lifelong health and well-being.”
Northumberland Food for Thought is the non-profit partnership that coordinates Student Nutrition Programs at local schools.