Food for Thought

Canada

There are over 4,500 children in the Central Okanagan that live in a food insecure home and are at risk of going to school hungry. Since 2009, Food for Thought’s aim has been to eliminate hunger in children, one child at a time, through various programs.

We know that a hungry child is more likely to act out and less likely to achieve their personal potential. We have seen happy productive classrooms with reduced behavioral problems, increased academic performance, and a stronger sense of community.

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Projects

Breakfast Program

Food for Thought provides free breakfast for up to 1600 school-aged children a day across 30 schools. Nutritious breakfast items are made available each weekday morning before classes begin. While this program is geared toward students facing food insecurity, any student is welcome to sit with their friends and share a meal in a safe and inclusive environment.

Backpack Program

The Backpack Program ensures students do not have to go through their weekends with empty stomachs. The most vulnerable students are able to take food home through a choice based pantry with easy to follow recipe cards.

Program Delivery

Food for Thought is run by one full time staff coordinator and a team of dedicated volunteers. Program Delivery encompasses staff salary, office space, gas mileage – all things essential for Food for Thought programs to continue impacting children and families in our community.