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Period Packs now easily accessible in our community

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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

 

Media Release September 2019

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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

Media Release June 2019 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

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CATHY PITHER – Jacob Hespeler Secondary School

Nutrition for Learning’s

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Cathy Pither is a remarkable and inspiring volunteer for the Jacob Hespeler Secondary School Breakfast club.  Cathy coordinates a multitude of staff volunteers to ensure the students have a healthy start to their day, and all of this is done before her actual workday begin at school

Cathy has a unique talent to raise funds for the program and runs fundraising pizza nights as well as volunteering at fun Bingo nights with all proceeds going to the Nutrition for Learning Breakfast Program at her school.

She promotes her Nutrition for Learning breakfast program by attending evening events to promote the program, including School Council meetings, Grade 8 Welcome Night and Parent Teacher Interview Nights.

That should be enough for a normal dedicated community volunteer however she  also coaches the varsity softball team and is the time clock runner for all the home Jr. and Sr. football team games. As well in the community, she is a true Hespelerite and huge supporter of the Hespeler Community through her participation in the Hespeler Hockey Mom’s Association and fundraising for the Hespeler Hockey Association. She organized Poinsettia sales and runs the Hockey Mom Dance, and year end Hockey banquet. She is also a member of the Legion branch 272 and assists with their banquets and other Legion functions.  For more information please contact Brian Banks at bbanks@nutritionforlearning.ca or call 519-624-5744.

ABOUT NUTRITION FOR LEARNING

Nutrition for Learning provides daily access to student nutrition programs currently in 136 schools to over 23,000 students a day in Waterloo Region. The children benefiting from the program may not be stereo-typical, low-income kids.  There a lot of reasons why kids may be hungry at school but whatever the reason they are welcome to the table.

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Additional resources and information available at  www.nutritionforlearning.ca

Cathy Pither –Video Volunteer of the Year

Media Release June 2019

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THANK YOU – TEACHERS

Education Assistants and Volunteers

Teachers, Educational Assistants and Volunteers are at the heart and the very essence of Nutrition for Learning’s ability to offer student nutrition programs in local schools. Nutrition for Learning Volunteer’s positive, encouraging and welcoming environments are created through their passion, kindness and commitment to ensuring there is universal access to the appropriate food and nutrition at school.  Nutrition for Learning is very proud of the many dedicated and caring individuals who share their energy, time and compassion for the well-being of all students.

THANK YOU

This June, Nutrition for Learning is suggesting that if parents and students are looking for something special to recognize a special teacher or someone at school please consider a donation in honor of someone special at school which includes a special ecard available at www.nutritionforlearning.ca/teacher

For more info Brian Banks at bbanks@nutritionforlearning.ca or 519-624-5744

ABOUT NUTRITION FOR LEARNING

Nutrition for Learning provides daily access to student nutrition programs currently in 136 schools to over 23,000 students a day in Waterloo Region. The children benefiting from the program may not be stereo-typical, low-income kids.  There a lot of reasons why kids may be hungry at school but whatever the reason they are welcome to the table.

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Additional resources and information available at  www.nutritionforlearning.ca

VIDEO – Teacher, volunteer and administrator testimonials

 

Media Release December 2018

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Mary D’Alton ICD.D

Executive Director

Nutrition for Learning

495 Waydom Drive Unit 2

AYR, ON N0B 1E0

519-624-5744

mdalton@nutritionforlearning.ca

 

Brian Banks CFRE

 Community Development

Nutrition for Learning

495 Waydom Drive Unit 2

AYR, ON N0B 1E0

519-624-5744

bbanks@nutritionforlearning.ca

December 3, 2018

 

Announcement

Brian Banks becomes Interim Executive Director of Nutrition for Learning.

Brian Banks will become the Interim Executive Director of Nutrition for Learning in January 2019. Brian has been with Nutrition for Learning for ten years and during those ten years Brian has handled many portfolios. His knowledge and passion for the organization and his strong relationship with donors and the community will all come to bear as the organization continues to fulfill its’ mandate of “universal access to nutritious food with no stigma to students”

Mary D’Alton joins the Cowan Foundation as Executive Director and continues in a special role with Nutrition for Learning.

The Nutrition for Learning board is happy to announce that while Mary D’Alton will join the Cowan Foundation as Executive Director, effective January 2, 2019 she will remain with Nutrition for Learning in a role focused on Strategic Initiatives for Nutrition for Learning.

We are delighted to have Brian take over the role as Interim Executive Director and we are looking forward to moving things forward in the coming year” says, Chair Gary Schoeneweiss. “The Cowan Foundation has been a major influence in the well-being of our communities. Mary has been a major asset to our relationships in the Region, and we are appreciative that both our boards can work cooperatively to support allowing her to continue to assist us on a part time basis in 2019, as we transition the Executive Director Role with our small team”.

 

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