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.

 

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  • 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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