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United Way Donates $5,000 to Northumberland Food for Thought. Grant Helps Schools Order Food for Student Nutrition Programs
Local ATV Riders Club Donates Funds to Food For Thought – CobourgNow.com (Nov. 29/18)
Northumberland District ATV Riders Club Donate $2,000
ATV Riders’ Latest Donation for Student Nutrition Programs Brings Grand Total to Nearly $20,000
To say some local ATV riders are driven to help fuel student learning in Northumberland County classrooms might be a bit of an understatement.
The Northumberland District ATV Riders Club (www.northumberlandatvriders.com) recently donated $2,000 to support Northumberland Food For Thought (NFFT).The funds were raised at the club’s annual fundraising ride. While the latest contribution is notable, what’s even more impressive is that the ATV Riders Club has now donated a cumulative total of nearly $20,000 over the past several years to NFFT.
“We’re left speechless by the ATV riders ongoing generosity to help ensure students in our community have the food they need to excel in school,” says Beth Kolisnyk, the Community Development Coordinator with NFFT. “We truly value this partnership and want to say, ‘THANK YOU,’ to club members for seeing fit to continue their support.”
The Northumberland District ATV Riders Club takes pride in supporting NFFT and in giving back to their community in Northumberland County.
“Our club members can really get behind this cause because we appreciate what Northumberland Food For Thought does to coordinate school programs that support student nutrition and learning,” says Mike Ainsworth, President of the Northumberland District ATV Riders Club.
Northumberland Food For Thought is the non-profit partnership that coordinates student nutrition programs at local schools. In Northumberland, student nutrition programs consist of a full sit-down breakfast before school starts, a grab-and-go program, and one where snack bins are delivered to each classroom. These programs are free and voluntary, providing food to thousands of students in the area every day. Research shows student nutrition programs can help support student academic success by removing a major obstacle – hunger – to learning, Kolisnyk adds.
Along with the support of area residents, businesses and groups like the Northumberland District ATV Riders Club, local student nutrition programs also receive financial support from the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services through its lead local agency, the Peterborough Child and Family Centres.
For more information about student nutrition programs, visit www.northumberlandfoodforthought.ca.
100 Mile Diet Reports Another Success – 1 Nov 2018
By Cecilia Nasmith – Northumberland 89.7FM
The cheque presentation at a recent Sunday service at Grafton’s St. Andrew’s United Church made it official – the 10th annual 100 Mile Diet event in September was a resounding success.
The 100-Mile Diet Event committee of St. Andrew’s made the presentation of $1,053.25 to Northumberland Food For Thought coordinator Beth Kolisnyk, representing proceeds from the event – admission is free, but those attending are invited to make a donation at the door.
Held each September at the arena in Grafton, this event showcases food producers of all kinds who operate within a 100-mile area. It is named after a book written some years back exploring why it is important to support one’s local producers, and the St. Andrew’s committee has been spreading the word for a decade now.
Bev Silk, who has been involved with the event since its inception, reported that a typical year’s gate brings in about $1,000 for Food For Thought to use in its school-nutrition programming (breakfast programs, snack bins and the like).
In recent years, these proceeds have been used to purchase apples from Moore’s Orchards. Moore’s owner Heidi Behan – a long-time exhibitor at the event – said this amount purchases between three and four bins of apples, and they always donate a little more on their own.
Twoonies for Northumberland Tummies
Northumberland Food For Thought campaign returns this Fall
While a toonie may not seem like much on its own, when you combine many of them together, the amount quickly adds up to something special.
That’s the result of the Toonies for Tummies campaign, which earlier this year raised $3,000 to support student nutrition programs at schools in the Port Hope and Cobourg area. Northumberland Food For Thought is recognizing the Metro grocery stores in Port Hope and Cobourg for organizing the Toonies for Tummies campaign in this area.
This fall, funds raised through Toonies for Tummies will be shared among schools in Port Hope and Cobourg. The money was raised last February by shoppers at both Metro locations, who were asked to donate $2 to help ensure local students had enough to eat to learn at school. Metro shoppers answered the call, helping the local Toonies for Tummies campaign surpass $3,000 for the third straight year.
“It’s amazing how a toonie here and a toonie there will quickly add up and support student learning in our community,” says Beth Kolisnyk, the Community Development Coordinator with Northumberland Food For Thought. “We again appreciate the generosity of the local Metro stores and their shoppers for helping to ensure students in the Port Hope and Cobourg area have the food they need to succeed in school.”
The local Toonies for Tummies fundraising effort was part of a larger Canada-wide campaign of the same name organized by The Grocery Foundation. In total across the country, Toonies for Tummies surpassed its goal of $1 million to help support student nutrition programs.
Northumberland Food For Thought is the non-profit partnership that coordinates student nutrition programs at local schools. Locally, student nutrition programs consist of either a full sit-down breakfast before school starts or ones where snack bins are delivered to each classroom. These programs are free and voluntary and provide food to thousands of students every day in Northumberland. Research shows student nutrition programs can help support student academic success by removing a major obstacle – hunger – to learning, Kolisnyk adds.
Along with the support of area residents and businesses like Metro, local student nutrition programs also receive financial support from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services through its lead local agency, the Peterborough Child and Family Centres.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our program
Article by Valerie MacDonald: image submitted
About 130 people received a special thank you Friday from the not-for-profit Northumberland Food for Thought organization for their participation in providing breakfast, snacks and other food in Northumberland schools.
Students from Cobourg Collegiate Institute’s culinary program prepared an appreciation breakfast for them which was served in the school. The menu included Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon as well as fruit, shredded potatoes and ham.
The event thanked the volunteers (including parents, grandparents, students, school staff and community members) who prepare and serve food to students throughout the school year.
The highlight of the morning was a video created by local high school student Graham Beer that was shown in the auditorium after volunteers moved from the breakfast area where a guitarist added music to the celebratory atmosphere.
This was the 12th annual appreciation event for the volunteers who make these school nutrition programs which include breakfasts, snacks, lunches, and food available.
Food distributed by Northumberland Food For Thought comes from the Northumberland County Food 4 All Warehouse. As well, there is the financial support that comes from grants, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our program,” Northumberland Food for Thought’s community development co-ordinator Beth Kolisnyk stated in a media release.
“We are so grateful for the generosity and dedications of these individuals.”
She explained in a subsequent interview that there are “36 schools in Northumberland County with Student Nutrition Programs.
“Well over half of these schools offer more than one nutrition program each school day. From September 2017 to May 2018, 615,998 meals and snacks were served to students throughout the county and over 6100 students are reported to have accessed these programs so far this school year.”
Donation from Walmart aid food delivery to Northumberland student nutrition programs
News Mar 26, 2018 Northumberland News|
NORTHUMBERLAND — A donation will help ensure food is safely transported to schools.
The Walmart store in Cobourg recently donated $1,000 to Northumberland Food For Thought (NFFT) for the purchase of coolers.
NFFT is the non-profit partnership that supports student nutrition programs at schools across the region. Using Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board’s courier, NFFT is arranging to have the coolers filled with perishable food items and delivered them to schools outside of Cobourg area. The items will then be used in the student nutrition program to help ensure that kids are ready to learn.
“We’re very grateful to Walmart for this ‘cool’ donation that promotes food safety and ensures all students nutrition programs have equal access to resources,” says Beth Kolisnyk, the community development co-ordinator with Northumberland Food For Thought.
In Northumberland County, 36 schools offer the student nutrition programs. They offer breakfast, lunch and snack type foods. These programs are free, voluntary and play an important role in helping ensure students are properly fed and ready to learn. For more information or to support/volunteer with Northumberland Food For Thought, call 905-269-2712 or visit: www.northumberlanfoodforthought.ca
St. Andrew’s United Church Donates $1,200 For Student Nutrition Programs
Grafton-area residents who promote locally-grown food want students to enjoy a “taste of home.”
Northumberland Food for Thought Coordinator Beth Kolisnyk (third from left) recently accepted a $1,120 donation from organizers of last fall’s 100-Mile Diet Event in Grafton. Presenting the donation are (from left) June Mallory, David Lander, Bev Silk, Olivia Gibbs, Wanda Smith and John Wilson. Absent from the photo are two other event organizers: Sharron MacDonald and Christine Hammond.
Members of St. Andrew’s United Church in Grafton recently donated $1,120 to Northumberland Food For Thought (NFFT). The money was raised from the 100-Mile Diet Event organized by the church last fall.
“We’re very pleased to be supporting local farmers and growers, as well as helping ensure local students don’t go hungry and have the food they need to learn to their full potential,” adds Bev Silk, one of the 100-Mile Diet Event organizers.
Since its inception 10 years ago, money raised from the 100-Mile Diet Event has regularly gone to support student nutrition programs in Northumberland County.
This year’s donation will be used to purchase locally-grown apples to offer to students who take advantage of the nutrition programs in place at each school. This is a fitting use of the funds according to Beth Kolisnyk, the Community Development Coordinator with Northumberland Food For Thought.
“It’s great that proceeds from an event that promotes Northumberland-grown food will be used to purchase a taste of home for local students,” she says. “Fresh fruits are a healthy food for helping students learn in class and the fact that this fruit is locally-grown really fits in with the spirit of the church’s fundraising event.”
Northumberland Food For Thought is grateful for the decade-long support of the 100-Mile Diet Event organizers. “They exemplify the spirit of giving,” Kolisnyk notes. “Without individuals, organizations and businesses giving of their time, talents and financial support, we would not be able to support the hundreds of students in Northumberland County who use our services every day.”
Northumberland Food For Thought is the non-profit partnership that supports student nutrition programs in schools across the region. Some programs offer a full sit-down breakfast before class starts while others deliver snack bins to classrooms. These programs are free, voluntary and play an important role in helping ensure students aren’t distracted by hunger so that they can learn in the classroom to their full potential.
Along with donations from residents and local businesses, 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.
For more information or to support/volunteer with Northumberland Food For Thought, call (905) 269-2712 or visit www.northumberlandfoodforthought.ca.
Northumberland students get a good breakfast with volunteer and financial support
COBOURG — Cameco Fuel Services Vice President Dale Clark, left, and Grade 6 C.R. Gummow student Olivia Targon helped get breakfast ready at the school on Nov. 16. Northumberland Food For Thought held a special ceremony to thank Cameco for 10 years of support for student nutrition programs. – Karen Longwell / Metroland
COBOURG — A breakfast boost in the morning for local students comes with help from a local industry.
Northumberland Food For Thought (NFFT) held a special event to thank Cameco Corporation for financially supporting and providing in-kind donations to local student nutrition programs for 10 years. NFFT is the nonprofit partnership that co-ordinates student nutrition programs in Northumberland County. Over the years, Cameco’s support has been used to purchase cheese, vegetables, fruits and other foods for local students, while also raising awareness of the need for volunteers to assist with student nutrition programs.
“Astounding, awesome, amazing. Words can’t describe how fortunate we are to have such a great corporate citizen like Cameco that continues to ensure local students are well-nourished and have the food they need to succeed in school,” said Beth Kolisnyk, the community development co-ordinator with NFFT.
Representatives from Cameco helped serve breakfast and stayed for a special ceremony at C.R. Gummow Public School on Nov. 16.
In Northumberland, student nutrition programs are based in schools across the region, with some offering a full sit-down breakfast before class starts, and others consisting of snack bins delivered to classrooms. These programs are free and voluntary, and provide food to thousands of local students every day. Along with donations from residents and local businesses like Cameco, 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.
Contact Northumberland Food For Thought at 905-372-5071 or visit www.northumberlandfoodforthought.ca for more information.