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Summer Pop Up Program

Summer Snack Program

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SUMMER POP UPSince mid-March everything has changed dramatically regarding the need for healthy food for students who would normally rely on our student nutrition programs at school. Since the schools closed their doors, we have revised how we do deliver food to meet this need with a mobile “Pop Up Snack” program. This summer the need for healthy food will continue to be a concern for many families and Nutrition for Learning will continue their POPUP SNACK program.

Children across Waterloo Region need us now, more than ever. This is a difficult time and the reality is many families in our community are struggling to put food on the table. We started the first week by distributing 100 bags a week and it has quickly grown to 500 bags per day and continues to grow. As well we continue to hear from teachers about the concern and the need of students who rely on our programs in their communities.

Our Pop-Up Snack Program distributes approximately 500 bags with a selection of food items that were normally available to students when Nutrition for learning programs were still in the schools such as yogurt, cheese, applesauce, healthy crackers, or cereal etc. A bag is offered to each student in a family in attendance at that location and consists of enough snacks for several days.

In addition to the snack bags and when available, we are distributing some extra food items to families such as canned beans, loaf of bread, chicken noodle soup etc. These items are not offered all the time and are only meant to enhance the snack bags. If families need more support due to food insecurity, they are directed to contact the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.

There is no registration or ID required to receive a healthy snack bag. Only one person per family is required to show up to the Pop-Up Snack location, although all family members are welcome to come out to make it an outing.

Along with providing food, the pop-up food delivery gives children a “sense of normalcy” because they recognize the trucks and aprons from school visits, and they know the people handing out the bags. “This provides a comfort level that helps children feel safe and fed, and families calm and for those parents who have lost their job due to closures during the pandemic, money is tight right now. It’s a small piece of the answer, but it’s an important piece,” – Mary D’Alton- Director of Strategic Initiatives and Operations Our pop up locations are shared via social media daily and available online at www.nutritionforlearning.ca/popupsnacks

Period Packs now easily accessible in our community

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MEDIA RELEASE

Period Packs now easily accessible in our community

Via the Nutrition for Learning Programs across the region this summer

 

Nutrition for Learning in conjunction with the WRDSB and WCDSB are partnering with  Changing The Flow Inc. to  launch a new pilot project this summer  #PeriodPreparedWR   at Nutrition for Learning “Pop Up Snack locations with Changing the Flow providing free period packs to students in Waterloo Region.

This new initiative will distribute period packs to 52 school locations across the region at the NFL Pop-Up Snack programs. Each period pack contains 5 pads, 5 tampons, and an information card on how to safely use the products if it is their first time.

As many people know firsthand, periods do not stop for pandemics. With the ongoing economic impact and school closures, access to period products has been significantly disrupted for many individuals. By providing period packs at Nutrition for Learning Pop-Up locations, we are helping students access period products safely. Nutrition for Learning has extensive reach and know-how with the safe delivery of snacks so this is a perfect vehicle for us to reach students who may otherwise not have access to the period products they need. We are very grateful for their support.”  States Changing The Flow president Kate Elliott

“Nutrition for Learning collaborates with partners to ensure students are fully supported in their learning. This pilot project in partnership with the two school boards and Change the Flow is another example of how together we are better”.  Mary D’Alton – Director of Strategic Initiatives and Operations – Nutrition for Learning

About Changing The Flow

Changing The Flow is a Waterloo-based social enterprise achieving menstrual equity, through education, awareness and implementation. You can learn more about the #PeriodPreparedWR project at changingtheflow.ca/periodpreparedwr/and via their social media channels @ChangingTheFlow on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Changing The Flow will be fundraising to support their project to get period products to school students in need during COVID-19.

 

About Nutrition for Learning

Nutrition for Learning offers universal access student nutrition programs in schools across Waterloo Region. Their healthy food programs impact the physical, cognitive, behavioral, and academic needs of children and youth in our community. Nutrition for Learning is a registered charitable organization first established in 1997 (#880648142RR0001) and offers over 140 student programs in all three school boards (WRDSB -Waterloo Region District School Board, WCDSB -Waterloo Catholic District School Board and the French Language Public School Board).

Pop Up Snacks to continue this SUMMER

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Nutrition for Learning Pop Up Snack

Programs to continue during the SUMMER

Nutrition for Learning announced today that the need for healthy food continues to be a concern for many families so they will continue their POPUP SNACK program during the summer months of July and August. The new expense to run this program is estimated to be $80,000 each month and they will be fundraising in the community to support this NEW Summer initiative.

The Pop-Up Snack program has grown from serving 100 bags daily and is now distributing 500 bags daily for a total of 2500 per week.  The snack bags contain enough snacks for four days and consist of bagels, cheese, fresh fruit, healthy crackers, yogurt, applesauce, cereal, and boiled eggs. In addition, many other items are added and change weekly, cans of beans, soup, lettuce, and the odd treat.  Since mid-March we distributed approximately 25,000 bags which is approximately 500,000 items.

Locations and times of POP UP Snack programs are available online at www.nutritionforlearning.ca/donations and donations to the summer Pop Up Program can be made at

www.nutritionforlearning.ca/summer_smiles

 

For more information contact Brian Banks @ bbanks@nutritionforlearning.ca

or Mary D’Alton @ mdalton@nutritionforlearning.ca

 

 

 

COVID 19 Response

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Nutrition for Learning
POP UP Snacks for Students

Begins March 16 2020

Nutrition for Learning will be providing mobile POP UP NUTRITION BREAKS offering free healthy Snacks for school children starting Monday March 16th in Cambridge.

Each morning starting at time and location to be posted on the Nutrition for Learning website and social media channels our Nutrition for Learning van will be offering free snacks, yogurt, granola bars and cheese strings for school kids. Daily locations and  route will be posted on the Nutrition for Learning website at 8 am. www.nutritionforlearning.ca/popupsnacks

Nutrition for Learning will have volunteers to meet students at various posted locations,  but no congregating around the van/ truck will be allowed and we will ensure participants maintain proper social distancing (keeping 2 arms’ lengths or 2 meters between each child).

All Nutrition for Learning staff and volunteers have police vulnerable sector checks and have been trained in safe food handling and abide by all public health rules.

“We know our donors want us to be there for the students and we know how important it is to ensure our community overall safety first, as well as our staff, the kids, and the food. All the items we would distribute will be sealed and handled safely. We just want to get out to the kids.” states Mary D’Alton at Nutrition for Learning

We know our Ministry funding and certain other funding is designated for specific schools and their nutrition programs, and we will leave that intact. Fortunately, we have generous corporate and individual funders that have donated to undesignated general funds which should assist in this difficult situation, it will be tight, but we can do this.

Nutrition for Learning is in 147 locations in Waterloo Region serving 3.5 million food items a year with universal access to food for hungry kids and minds.

For more information please contact Brian Banks bbanks@nutritionforlearning.ca

 

COVID 19

 

Comedy Night

Comedy Night

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Casual Night of Comedy

POSTPONED and we will contact you about the new date as soon as possible. 

SOLD OUT 

 

Join us on March 26th  at the Whistle Bear Golf Club for a night of laughs in support of Nutrition for Learning

$125  – Per Person

$1,000 – Table of 8

Laughter, Food, and Friends supporting Nutrition for Learning student nutrition programs across Waterloo Region.

6 pm Reception and Silent Auction

7 pm Dinner

8 pm Comedian Graham Chittenden

Sandowne Fall School Spotlight

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Sandowne – Building Community & Future Leaders

Within minutes of meeting Joanna Albers the student nutrition program coordinator and Core French teacher at Sandowne Public school you quickly realize youJoanna Albers are with someone who has passion for her school, her students and the power of the Nutrition for Learning program.  This year the school moved away from outside volunteers to staff volunteers with the support of 15 student volunteers. Joanna is leading a team of 3 school staff organizing and overseeing the nutrition program for all grades JK to 6 in 15 classrooms.

The program runs 5 days a week and approximately 100 students access the nutrition baskets daily.  Tuesday after school staff and students bag and sort the various food items for distribution and then each morning at the first nutrition break at 11:15 am students will fill the baskets appropriately and distribute them to the classrooms.  At the end of the second nutrition break students will retrieve all of the baskets.  Joanna is very good at organizing and each day is color coded and labelled not only for the fridge items but also the daily menus.

Joanna and her team believe in growing leaders, students can apply to be a volunteer in Grade 4 and continue on until Grade 6 where they truly mentor the younger volunteers in the program.  The school also reached out on how to be environmentally friendly and the ECO team was formed called the “ECO Stars” who made several suggestions that have been incorporated into their programs including the use of paper bags for cereal and crackers as well as suggesting apples vs apple sauce to reduce waste.

There were challenges at the beginning of the year navigating volume however with welcomed quick feedback from staff and students they could adjust quickly to appropriate quantities.  Understanding what is most appropriate as well as welcomed food items was a part of their surveys and she continues to adjust as options become available.

 

 

When asked about THE IMPACT of the program in the classroom Joanna was quick to answer with the answer that students are very much:

  • Students ore attentive in the classroom
  • Students are excited about having healthy options
  • Students look forward to the program as soon as they return from summer and other holiday breaks
  • Teachers shared that the apples first thing in the morning are very much welcomed and appreciated by students who didn’t have breakfast before school

Joanna states that ” Creating the leadership team and developing new skills as volunteers at school and watching them all come together for the same cause,  I consider a real success for the program.  As well we are building a positive caring community at school where students never feel any shame accessing the food in the programs. We are very grateful for our program not just for the food but also the opportunity to develop new leaders.”

 

Bins for the classroom Nutrition for Learning

Healthy Bodies – Healthy Minds

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The new school year has begun and over 23,000 students in Waterloo Region in 141 local schools will have daily access to healthy food at school again this school year thanks to the support of our donors and volunteers. 

We could not do this with out you and the approximately 2,000 volunteers  who prepare and operate the programs to  ensure students have universal access to the Bin Programsnutritious food they need at school.

Student Nutrition programs at school play a major role in building a community of students that nurture the potential in each other with healthy food options for any hunger moment and offers an equal chance of success in the classroom for all children and youth.  Teachers – Volunteers – Administrators see the impact in the classroom daily

At every grade level, classrooms are better places to learn when students have access to the food and nutrition they need. Students are more attentive, engaged and productive in the class and around the school.  The entire community benefits when schools function at a higher level.

 

Cathy Pither Local Hero

Local Hero

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Not every hero wears a cape. Heroic deeds don’t have to involve super strength or invisibility…just like Cathy Pither. Check it out, Brady & Tara award another Local Hero award!
VIDEO OF HER SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT at PEP RALLY below.

Cathy Pither Local Hero

https://www.chymfm.com/…/brady-tara-award-another-local-hero

 

 

Special thanks to the Waterloo Regional Police Association, it’s because of you we can recognize people who make a

difference every day in our community!

 

 

Local Hero

Volunteer Student Tayla

Student Volunteer Spotlight

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Tayla Leythorpe, a grade 5 student in Waterloo has done a Lemonade sale, from her family’s home driveway, for the last three summers to raise money to support Nutrition for Learning.

Tayla was visiting a Waterloo school her mother, Libby Leythorpe teaches at and asked, “what are these bins full of food for?”  Libby explained that Nutrition for Learning provides the students at her school with a healthy food in each classroom in case a student gets hungry and needs a snack.  Tayla wondered why the students couldn’t just grab a snack from their lunch bags.  Libby went on to explain that sometimes students don’t bring enough food to get them through the whole day and sometimes if they do have enough in their lunches it is not as healthy as the snacks from the bin.

Tayla liked that Nutrition for Learning was providing students with these snacks and fixing these issues so kids didn’t have to worry about being hungry and they could just be kids.  Tayla could relate to feeling hungry and need a snack because she has her hunger moments after dance practice and before first nutrition break.   Tayla loves that Nutrition for learning feeds kids so their brains can learn and decided she wanted to raise money to help them.

Tayla thought the idea to have a Lemonade sale in front of her house in the summer would help her raise some money for Nutrition for Learning.  “I like knowing I can raise enough money to make change in my community”

Tayla is a bright, sweet considerate young lady.  She is quick to help others and hates to see people frown.  She just wants everyone to be happy.  This is why she has decided to donate all the money she raises each summer to Nutrition for Learning “Even a smile is a donation to a person cause your making another person smile”

THANK YOU Tayla

Media Release September 2019

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MEDIA RELEASE

For immediate release – September 3rd, 2019

Over 23,000 students in Waterloo Region in 141 local schools will have daily access to healthy food at school again this school year thanks to the support of Nutrition for Learning, volunteers and donors.

Nutrition for Learning has been a local charity for over 21 years across Waterloo Region with a mission to support the overall wellbeing of students and their ability to learn by ensuring that every student can attend school well nourished.  Nutrition for Learning looks forward to the future when all schools in Waterloo Region can operate a Student Nutrition Program that is universally accessible to all students at school.

Approximately 2,000 volunteers prepare and operate the Nutrition for Learning programs in the Waterloo Region District School Board, Waterloo Catholic District School Board and the French School Board.   It is people like our Volunteer of the Year Cathy Pither at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School who ensure students have universal access to the nutritious food they need at school.    –   VideoVolunteer of the Year

Student Nutrition programs at school play a major role in building a community of students that nurture the potential in each other with healthy food options for any hunger moment and offers an equal chance of success in the classroom for all children and youth.  Teachers – Volunteers – Administrators see the impact in the classroom daily

At every grade level, classrooms are better places to learn when students have access to the food and nutrition they need. Students are more attentive, engaged and productive in the class and around the school.  The entire community benefits when schools function at a higher level. Without the support of community volunteers and the contributions of many local donors we would not be able to provide the nutritious food needed every day in local schools.

Nutrition for Learning is partner of Student Nutrition Ontario (SNO) which is a network of 14 lead agencies and 39 community partnerships that exist to provide funding and support to healthy breakfast, snack and lunch programs across the province. With seed funding from the province of Ontario, SNO lead agencies and their partners work to support the success of local school nutrition programs. They are the unified voice that connects an extensive network, enabling students to eat, learn, and succeed.

Across Ontario over a million students will have access to healthy food at school again this school year thanks in part to the support of Student Nutrition Ontario (SNO) and their partners.

For more information contact

Brian Banks – Interim Executive Director

Nutrition for Learning

www.nutritionforlearning.ca

495 Waydom Drive Unit 2, Ayr Ontario N0B 1R0

519-624-5744 E-mail:  bbanks@nutritionforlearning.ca