CANADA - Kelowna: Food for Thought

Eliminating hunger in school children, one child at a time

Food for Thought Kelowna Breakfast Society was established in 2009 with a desire to eliminate hunger in school children, one child at a time. At the core of their mission statement lies the fact that a hungry child is more likely to act out, and less likely to achieve his or her potential.

The latest figures from Statistics Canada (2013) once again show that too many BC children - 1 in 5 - are growing up in poverty. Nearly 19,000 families in BC include food-insecure children. Hunger and poor nutrition have well-known effects on a child's growth and development. In addition to the impact on their physical health, poorly nourished children have trouble concentrating at school and may exhibit behavior challenges.

Food For Thought provides free breakfast to over 1500 children a day in Kelowna, Lake Country and West Kelowna. Their programs run in 32 locations, encompassing 80% of district public schools.

By ensuring children begin their day with a nutritious breakfast, they are seeing happy productive classrooms with reduced behavioral problems, increased academic performance and a sense of community.

 

Project Updates

  • Amazing what a little bit of creativity and a passionate group of like-minded kids can accomplish together!

    Last week's Crazy Cake Pop Fundraiser was a huge success!

    Many children around the world go to school hungry, including children in Kelowna. This makes learning difficult and often impacts educational outcomes and life potential. Friday, March 3rd 2017, Watson Road Elementary School's WE Club held a fundraiser to raise funds for Food For Thought Kelowna Breakfast Society, and a Hope For The Nations feeding program in Kenya.

    The students are learning to be problem solvers by leading in this awareness and fundraiser campaign. The WE club students took what they learned about food security and then taught in the classrooms, talking about what food security is and how can we help. They are inspiring solidarity, compassion, responsibility, equality, and co-operation.

    Students are learning that we are all in this together, and what it means to value, care for, defend, and help others. Essentially what it means to be a global citizen.

    Amazing what a little bit of creativity and a passionate group of like-minded kids can accomplish together! Over $3,000 was raised to feed hungry children, in Kelowna and Kenya.

    We are so grateful to teachers, parents of Watson Road Elementary PAC and local companies who gave so generously to our fundraiser.

    Thank you for your generosity and support!

  • What an honor to be a Watson Rd Elementary school today sharing with their awesome, fun and engaged group of "WE" day students about food insecurity.

    Exploring what that means, what obstacles can be in the way and how we can help! Big thanks to our special guest speaker Rebekah Croker for an absolutely wonderful presentation!

    WE club students will be taking this information and teaching it to the other students in the school in preparation for their big fundraiser!

  • Many children around the world go to school hungry, including children in Kelowna. This makes learning difficult and often impacts educational outcomes and life potential. This Friday, March 3rd 2017, Watson Road Elementary School's WE Club are holding a cake pop fundraiser to raise funds for Food For Thought Kelowna Breakfast Society, and a Hope For The Nations feeding program in Kenya.

    The children are learning to be problem solvers by leading in this awareness and fundraiser campaign. The WE club are teaching in the classrooms, talking about what food security is. They are inspiring solidarity, compassion, responsibility, equality, and co-operation.

    They are learning that we are all in this together, and what it means to value, care for, defend, and help others. Essentially what it means to be a global citizen.

    Each student will receive a cake pop. If a child draws a ‘winning cake pop’, he or she will be awarded a fun prize that has been kindly donated by community sponsors.

    The goal is to raise $2,000, which would buy 660 breakfasts for the Hope For The Nations Kenya Feeding Program, and food for 1,500 children for two weeks here in Kelowna. We also want to encourage students to become responsible and involved citizens who have the confidence to make positive contributions in their world.


     “If you can’t feed a hundred people then just feed one”. - Mother Teresa

  • Children at Risk - They are the reason HOPE exists, and that includes children right here in our own backyard.

     

    The latest figures from Statistics Canada (2013) once again show that too many BC children (1 in 5) are growing up in poverty. Nearly 19,000 families in BC include food-insecure children.

     

    In order for HOPE to address these local issues, we are excited to announce our first local Kelowna partner. ‘Food for Thought’ has been serving at risk children and youth in Kelowna for over 8 years by providing a free breakfast to over 1500 children a day in Kelowna, Lake Country, and West Kelowna.

     

    Food for Thought Kelowna Breakfast Society was established in 2009 with a desire to eliminate hunger in school children, one child at a time. At the core of their mission statement lies the fact that a hungry child is more likely to act out, and less likely to achieve his or her potential.

     

    Hunger and poor nutrition have well-known effects on a child's growth and development. In addition to the impact on their physical health, poorly nourished children have trouble concentrating at school and may exhibit behavioral challenges.


    Food for Thought’s programs run in 32 locations, encompassing 80% of district public schools. By ensuring children begin their day with a nutritious breakfast, they are seeing happy productive classrooms with reduced behavioral problems, increased academic performance, and a sense of community.

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