Eat, learn, succeed!

That’s what student nutrition programs in Northumberland County are all about.

Hi! My name is Beth Kolisnyk and I am the Community Development Coordinator for Northumberland Food for Thought.

Last year close to 6000 students in Northumberland County benefited from a breakfast, lunch, or snack program at school. These programs are open to all and promote healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.

Looking for a way to help your local school community? Interested in spending time with a fantastic group of dedicated volunteers? Then contact me to find a school in your area!

By coming together with a common goal... we can make sure that students in Northumberland County receive the food they need to be ready to learn.

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Driving Force


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

– Local Driving School Teams Up With Its Students to Support School Nutrition Programs –

(NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY) – A Cobourg-based driving school is helping fuel student learning in Northumberland County.

Mike Fisher’s Driving School is donating $295 to support the work of Northumberland Food For Thought (NFFT), the non-profit organization that coordinates 38 student nutrition programs at local schools. The money will be used to help purchase food items for the programs that help ensure students in Northumberland can learn in class without being distracted by empty stomachs.

The donation comes from a 50/50 draw organized by the driving school with its students. “Our students chose to contribute these funds to Northumberland Food For Thought because they see the benefit of these programs every day in their own schools,” says Mike Fisher, owner of the driving school.

Beth Kolisnyk, the new Community Development Coordinator with Northumberland Food For Thought, says donations of this type are welcome. “This type of contribution is appreciated, but also significant because students at the driving school realize the value of nutrition programs in ensuring fellow students have access to food so they can concentrate better in the classroom,” she adds.

Northumberland Food For Thought helps to coordinate various types of student nutrition programs. Some provide a full sit-down breakfast before class, while others feature snack bins delivered to classrooms from which students can choose something to eat. Whatever form it takes, the goal of the nutrition program is to ensure students have enough to eat to learn in school. All programs are free, and open to any student.

According to Kolisnyk, students come to school hungry for a variety of reasons. Long bus rides to school, early morning practices and hurried morning routines can all be factors, she says.

To find out more about Northumberland Food for Thought, including how to volunteer with or financially support its work, visit .



For media inquiries, contact:

Beth Kolisnyk, Community Development Coordinator, Northumberland Food For Thought, (905) 372-5071,

or Kimberly Leadbeater, Chairperson, Northumberland Food For Thought, (613) 475-0933.