Food for Kids Peterborough

 

Food for Kids Peterborough and County is a non-profit community partnership that has supported Student Nutrition Programs in local elementary and secondary schools for over 20 years. These programs are supported by our generous community through financial and in-kind donations.

Our vision is that every student in Peterborough City and County attends school well-nourished and ready to learn.

Breakfast is an important and necessary meal in our day.   Students that start their day with a healthy breakfast, have the energy and nutrients they need to stay active and alert at school.  With a well-nourished mind and body, students can perform their best!   

There are many reasons that children and youth may come to school hungry. Whatever the reason, Student Nutrition Programs are a positive way for all students to start their day with the good nutrition they need.  They also provide access to healthy food choices in an inclusive and welcoming environment and promote positive social development.  Thanks to the support and commitment of volunteers and donors, Food For Kids is able to serve healthy foods to students at 46 of our local schools. 

 

Food For Kids Peterborough and County Student Nutrition Program Annual Report 2015-2016

Click the heading above for our annual report.

 

 

DuPont Pioneer presents grant cheque to North Shore PS

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Minute Maid volunteers honoured

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Crunch time in Havelock

Trent Hills Independent Havelock - It's never too late to get in on the Great Big Crunch. The distinctive sound of crunching apples and carrots filled the Havelock Belmont Public School gym Tuesday as students and staff celebrated the goodness of healthy eating and Ontario-grown produce during their annual Great Big Crunch chomp down.

 

Crunch time at Edmison Heights

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Minute Maid workers serve up breakfast for kids

By Clifford Skarstedt, Peterborough Examiner

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 4:19:10 EST PM

Minute Maid workers, from left, Laurie Olmstead, Terri McGregor, Peter Jope and David Kinder were on hand this morning at St. John’s school serving food to students at the breakfast program in Peterborough on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner/QMI Agency

Minute Maid workers, from left, Laurie Olmstead, Terri McGregor, Peter Jope and David Kinder were on hand this morning at St. John’s school serving food to students at the breakfast program in Peterborough on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner/QMI Agency

Employees of Minute Maid in Peterborough served breakfast Tuesday morning to the children of St. John's school in the south end.

The special event recognized Minute Maid, a supporter of Breakfast Clubs of Canada across Ontario since 2003, but also one of the area’s longest-standing donors to local student nutrition programs, helping community programs in Peterborough and County since 1996.

"For the past 18 years, Minute Maid has been a valuable sponsor to our programs," said Chris McCarthy, Student nutrition program co-ordinator with Food for Kids Peterborough and County.

"Minute Maid’s ongoing generous donation of juice contributes cost savings to our programs, and provides healthy food choices for our students."

All 48 local schools that run breakfast programs are invited to pick-up a free case of orange juice every month from January until June. The donation is valued at $4,620."

 

 

Great Big Crunch 2014


More than 450 students and staff bite into juicy apples during the Great Big Crunch event on Thursday at Chemong Public School in Bridgenorth.

'The Great Big Crunch is a fun way to bring staff and students together to make noise for healthy eating and local food systems together' said Chris McCarthy of Food for Kids Peterborough and County.

Soroptimist International of Peterborough partnered with Food for Kids to help fund the event with a ton of apples from RJ's Fresh Produce.

 

Schools harvest carrots

By Clifford Skarstedt, Peterborough Examiner
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 8:23:00 EST PM


Cindy Babcock of YWCA JustFood Program, left, packs carrots with help from Trent University volunteer Jess Johnson, public health nutritionist Elizabeth Finlan and school community co-ordinator Chris McCarthy of Food For Kids Peterborough and County student nutrition programs during the second annual Carrots For Kids campaign supporting Food For Kids breakfast programs on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 outside Trinity United Church in Peterborough. All 600 pounds of carrots grown by Kennedy Farms in Omemee, a regular contributor to the YWCA of Peterborough Victoria & Haliburton JustFood program, will be delivered to 17,000 students from 46 local city and county schools participating in the breakfast program. 'Carrot For Kids received a lot of positive feedback from students, teachers and co-ordinators last year and we've encouraged even more schools to participate' said McCarthy. Another carrot delivery will take place in January. Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner/QMI AGENCY

Cindy Babcock of YWCA JustFood Program, left, packs carrots with help from Trent University volunteer Jess Johnson, public health nutritionist Elizabeth Finlan and school community co-ordinator Chris McCarthy of Food For Kids Peterborough and County student nutrition programs during the second annual Carrots For Kids campaign supporting Food For Kids breakfast programs on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 outside Trinity United Church in Peterborough. All 600 pounds of carrots grown by Kennedy Farms in Omemee, a regular contributor to the YWCA of Peterborough Victoria & Haliburton JustFood program, will be delivered to 17,000 students from 46 local city and county schools participating in the breakfast program. 'Carrot For Kids received a lot of positive feedback from students, teachers and co-ordinators last year and we've encouraged even more schools to participate' said McCarthy. Another carrot delivery will take place in January. Clifford Skarstedt/Peterborough Examiner/QMI AGENCY

About 600 pounds of carrots were packed up Wednesday for the Food For Kids Peterborough and County student nutrition programs during the second annual Carrots For Kids campaign supporting Food For Kids breakfast programs on Wednesday outside Trinity United Church in Peterborough.


All 600 pounds of carrots, grown by Kennedy Farms in Omemee, a regular contributor to the YWCA of Peterborough Victoria and Haliburton JustFood program, will be delivered to 17,000 students from 46 local city and county schools participating in the breakfast program.

"Carrot For Kids received a lot of positive feedback from students, teachers and co-ordinators last year and we've encouraged even more schools to participate," said school community co-ordinator Chris McCarthy.

Another carrot delivery will take place in January.

 

 

Peterborough Food for Kids, Hiawatha Cheque Presentation



From left to right: Chief Sandra Moore, Deb Airhart (coordinator North Shore breakfast program) Loni Thompson (parent)

 

 

Kawartha Bingo donates to Food For Kids



 

 

Food for Kids volunteers recognized at luncheon April 26


This year, volunteers served 2 million meals in region's schools


"The teachers will tell you. It works, they do better."

Paul Quinlan, volunteer at Norwood District Public School

By Sarah Frank, Peterborough This Week
Apr 30, 2012 - 4:36 PM

(PETERBOROUGH) On most Tuesday mornings, Paul Quinlan is flipping pancakes for Norwood District Public School. The Norwood resident, who has co-ordinated the breakfast club program at the school for the past 12 years, was recognized along with 340 other volunteers involved with the Food for Kids, a community-wide breakfast program. In total, 960 volunteers work throughout the region to ensure students aren't going hungry throughout their school day. Mr. Quinlan says there's no stigma attached to the program, which is nice to see. "All the kids are coming for different reasons," he says. "Some because they're running late, some for the sociability, and some because of genuine need."

Depending on the day of the week, students at the Norwood school are served fresh fruit and vegetables, smoothies, hard-boiled eggs, muffins, granola bars, hot and cold cereal, different juices, and milk. Mr. Quinlan, who does the purchasing for the program, says it's clear the students are more attentive and engaged in class with a full stomach.
"The teachers will tell you," he says. "It works, they do better."

At the Food for Kids volunteer luncheon, volunteers and committee members celebrated 20 years of providing students a healthy breakfast.
In the past year alone, students in the 47 schools that participated in Food for Kids, have eaten two million breakfasts -- 9,077 meals each day.
Ms Dales says without the volunteers and the 170 community members and business supporting the program, it wouldn't exist.
"It's the chopping of all the vegetables and the cooking and cleaningâ?¦" she says. "Without these guys a lot of children would be going to school hungry."
According to program co-ordinators, 31 per cent of elementary school children and 62 per cent of secondary school students in Canada don't eat breakfast daily.

Several volunteers received awards for five, 10 and 15 years of service with the program.

 

 

Donna Babcock rewarded with June Callwood award

 

Prince of Wales Public School staff member Donna Babcock recognized for her commitment to keepign students fed as well as educated over 16 years


Donna Babcock, volunteer co-ordinator at the Breakfast program at Prince of Wales, received the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement  Award for Voluntarism on Friday, recognizing individuals and groups who have made an exceptional contribution to Voluntarism in Ontario. The award was presented in a ceremony by the Honourable Charles Sousa, Minister of Immigration at the Allstream Centre, Exhibition Place in Toronto as part of a celebration and recognition of Volunteers during National Volunteer.

Food For Kids Peterborough and County is a community partnership supporting  school breakfast and snack programs.  Our goal is to create a sustainable network of community support for children, allowing students to attend school well-nourished and ready to learn.  These programs are operated by dedicated teams of volunteers.

"Donna Babcock is one of our valued and exceptional volunteer co-ordinators," says Chris McCarthy, Student  Nutrition Program Co-ordinator for Food  For Kids in Peterborough city and county.

"Ms Babcock has co-ordinated the Food for Kids breakfast program at Prince of Wales Public School for the past 16 years," she adds in her nomination letter for the award.

This program runs five days a week, serving meals for more than 30 students each morning.

"Donna works full time as a teaching assistant in the Special Education class at Prince of Wales school.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Donna arrives at 7:30 every morning, usually carrying groceries and with the assistance of some local Rotary Club members prepares a hot or cold meal, including fruits or vegetables, grains and milk products before her actual teaching day starts," Ms McCarthy says.

"Her commitment, perseverance and passion for the program have benefitted not only the school community but the personal lives of the students she has interacted with over the years."

Donna spends many hours outside of school during the week and some weekends grocery shopping, picking up food items at Kawartha Food Share warehouse, searching out food and financial donations for her breakfast club program through face-to-face contact, finding suppliers for equipment and servicing, and making special arrangements with the local Rotary Club for funding and volunteer support.

"Her dedication to the program, and knowledge of networking, makes Donna an exemplary role model for others," Ms McCarthy says.

One example of Donna’s perseverance to improve the program was seen after she contacted the General Electric Donations committee and secured a dishwasher and refrigerator for the breakfast program.  Securing this donation was not only a time-consuming process, but she also had to negotiate the expense of installing the water/ drainage for the donated dishwasher with the maintenance staff and the school board. The board was going to charge the school $1,200 for the installation, and through negotiation and her personal contact Donna managed to get the charge to the school overturned.

Donna’s passion for the program was clearly demonstrated when she allowed without question a mother to sit and eat breakfast with her child for a few weeks, feeling the parent- child bond and satisfying hunger needs  were important.  For the past few years, she has arranged for students who have helped or participated in the program to attend the Rotary Lunch in appreciation of the Rotarian’s role in the program.

Donna’s commitment and dedication are clearly seen in the amount of time she puts in to make sure the program has sufficient funds, volunteers, and equipment to provide a high quality service to the school. To promote the program, as well as add interest and fun, she organizes every June,  a “Breakfast Cook Off” where Rotary members challenge others to prepare a creative breakfast judged by a panel from the staff and community.  The students benefit as the “tasters” and the event promotes school and community spirit.

"The breakfast program not only serves to help establish life-long healthy eating habits, improve alertness and learning ability, but it is integral in establishing relationships," Ms McCarthy says.

"Relationships are established between the students and volunteers who are welcomed and greeted to a warm, congenial atmosphere.  Although the volunteers may change from day to day and year to year, Donna is a constant who the students know, identify with, and confide in."

In 2007, Donna arranged to find a sports sponsor from a local business person for one of her breakfast program students who had exceptional skills and wanted to participate in sports.  This past year, she arranged through a councillor, for home heating fuel for a family of one of her breakfast program students.

 

Participating Schools:


  • Adam Scott Collegiate Vocational Institute
  • Adam Scott Intermediate School
  • Apsley Central Public School
  • Armour Heights Public School
  • Buckhorn Public School
  • Chemong Public School
  • Crestwood Secondary School
  • Havelock-Belmont Public School
  • Highland Heights Public School
  • Holy Cross Secondary School
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Elementary
  • James Strath  Public School
  • Kawartha Heights Public School
  • Keith Wightman Public School
  • Kenner Collegiate Vocational School
  • Kenner Intermediate School
  • King George Public School
  • Lakefield Intermediate School
  • Lakefield Secondary School
  • Millbrook/South Cavan Public School
  • Monsignor O’Donoghue  Catholic Elementary School
  • North Cavan Public School
  • North Shore Public School
  • Norwood Public School
  • Norwood Intermediate & Dist. High School
  • Otonabee Valley Public School
  • Prince of Wales Public School
  • Queen Elizabeth Public School
  • Queen Mary Public School
  • R.F. Downey Public School
  • Ridpath Junior Public School
  • Roger Neilson Pubic School
  • School for young Moms (Administered from CIS)
  • STRIVE Youth Program
  • St. Alphonsus  Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Anne  Catholic Elementary School
  • St. John Catholic  Elementary School
  • St. Joseph  Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Patrick  Catholic Elementary  School
  • St. Paul  Catholic Elementary School
  • St. Peter  Secondary School
  • Thomas A. Stewart S.S.
  • Warsaw Public School
  • PACE (Peterborough Alternate Continuing Education @PCVS)
  • St. Paul Catholic Elementary Lakefield
  • St. Paul Catholic Elementary Norwood
  • Westmount PS
  • St. Teresa Catholic Elementary
  • Edmison Heights PS

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Nourishment for every student in every school through community partnerships.

There are many reasons that breakfast programs are seen as a critical investment in our children.

  • Research shows that 31% of elementary school children and 62% of secondary school students in Canada don't eat breakfast daily
  • Good nutrition begins at home but continues at school
  • Childhood is a critical time for establishing life long healthy eating habits
  • Research has well established the link between good nutrition and learning
  • Local teachers report improved behaviour, attitude, alertness, attention span and learning with nutrition program involvement