BANK ON IT
Local Credit Union’s Continues Long-Term Support of Student Learning in Northumberland
When it comes to lending community support, a local financial institution is truly making that principle a part of its business.
Recently, Kawartha Credit Union in Cobourg donated $2,000 to support the work of Northumberland Food For Thought (NFFT), the non-profit partnership that coordinates student nutrition programs in Northumberland County. Kawartha’s latest donation marks the twelfth year in a row that the credit union has supported food programs that fuel student learning in school. Over that 12-year span, Kawartha Credit Union has donated in excess of $20,000 to Northumberland Food For Thought.
“Our community involvement program is geared to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve, and what better way to do that than to help ensure students have the food they need to succeed in school,” says Dana Farrell, Manager of Kawartha Credit Union’s Cobourg Branch.
NFFT’s Community Development Coordinator Beth Kolisnyk says Kawartha Credit Union continues to be one of the most generous and consistent financial supporters of local student nutrition programs. “We are so appreciative for the ongoing support from Kawartha Credit Union. We can literally bank on them to help ensure students are well-nourished and able to learn to their full potential in class,” says Kolisnyk.
Locally, 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, 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.
Along with donations from local businesses and residents, student nutrition programs also receive financial support from the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services through its lead local agency, the Peterborough Family Resource Centre.