Food for Thought


There are over 5,900 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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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.

Emergency Food Packages

Food for Thought is partnered with the School District 23, to ensure food packages continue to be delivered to each school. This allows easy access for student/parents to pick up each week. Food for Thought-Eliminating hunger one child at a time.

Garden Project

The Legacy Foundation has graciously provided plot of land at Helen’s Acres. This land is going to benefit the children of the Backpack Program. Food for Thought and our team of volunteers is building a wheelchair-accessible raised planter garden. In addition to children visiting and experiencing the gardens, we are also looking at developing a plan for our seniors community and persons with disabilities to have an opportunity to volunteer in the garden. Our wish is to definitely create a beautiful garden that will encourage volunteering, educate children and enhance our community, along with providing food security for our local children.


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