Help Kick Off the Giving Season by Donating to Food For Kids on “Giving Tuesday”, Dec 2

Written by admin, November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014 – Online Donations for Healthy Students, a Perfect Holiday Gift for Teachers

Looking for an extra special way to celebrate your child’s teachers this holiday season?  Make an easy, online donation to Food For Kids at www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/ffk on December 2 to support your school’s breakfast club.

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes “Giving Tuesday”, a global day for giving back. “Giving to your local breakfast programs this holiday season in lieu of gifts is a great way to make a positive difference in Peterborough City and County—it’s a gift that gives more!  A $30 donation provides a school with 40 pounds of locally grown food,” said Luisa Magalhaes, Public Health Nutritionist.  “Donations are the backbone of Food For Kids’ student nutrition programs across the city and county, so we’re inviting families and community members to make a donation online that recognizes someone special while helping our students be well-nourished and ready to learn.”  Food For Kids Peterborough and County is a non-profit community partnership that has supported breakfast programs in local schools for over 20 years.

Donations made to Food For Kids can be directed to specific school programs.  Donors are able to include a message in the comment box, including a teacher’s name and school, and Food For Kids will send a thank-you card to the teacher on their behalf.  To make a donation, visit www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/ffk, click on “Donate Now” and select “Food For Kids”. Tax receipts are available.

In the 2013/2014 school year, Food For Kids ensured that 17,434 students had access to breakfast programs in 47 schools throughout Peterborough City and County.  A total of 1,037 volunteers contributed an average of 903 hours each week to prepare and serve the meals for the students.  Over 160 generous local partners donated food, supplies, funds, time and space – truly a remarkable community-wide effort to give local students a healthy start to their day so that they can perform their best.

Ms. Magalhaes noted that kids come to school hungry for many reasons, such as long bus rides, rushed mornings, or lack of food at home.  Your local school program welcomes donations of food items such as bags of apples, cheese strings, and yogurt tubes throughout the school year.

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For further information, please contact:

Luisa Magalhaes, MHSc, RD
Public Health Nutritionist
(705) 743-1000, ext. 233