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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Local News: Lending Its Support… Again – Student Nutrition Programs Continue to Benefit From Local Credit Union’s Ongoing Generosity

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(NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY) – A local credit union is showing tendencies on which you can bank.

That is how Northumberland Food For Thought would characterize the ongoing support that a financial institution in Cobourg demonstrates year-after-year.

Kawartha Credit Union in Cobourg recently donated $2,000 to support the work of Northumberland Food For Thought (NFFT), the non-profit partnership that coordinates 38 student nutrition programs at local schools. The money will be used to help these programs purchase food or to upgrade equipment and appliances.

Since 2005, Kawartha Credit Union has donated nearly $17,000 to support student nutrition programs. The funding comes from Kawartha’s Community Involvement Program, which strives to improve the quality of life in the communities served by the credit union.

“Northumberland Food For Thought helps to ensure students have the food they need to succeed in school,” says Dana Farrell, Manager of Kawartha Credit Union’s Cobourg Branch. “Kawartha is pleased to be able to continue supporting this valuable community program.”

NFFT’s Community Development Coordinator Susan Greenwood is equally appreciative of the support. “Kawartha Credit Union continues to be one of our more generous and consistent financial supporters,” she notes. “Without support from businesses and community members, student nutrition programs could not make the difference they do each day.”

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 Greenwood, 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 .