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 aims to eliminate hunger in children, one child at a time in the Central Okanagan by providing free breakfast to over 1500 school-aged children a day in 30 schools located in Kelowna, Lake Country and West Kelowna.
According to Maslow’s hierarchy of need, the most fundamental and basic needs are your physiological ones - food, water, air, shelter, and clothing. Your most basic needs must be met before you are motivated and have a strong desire to be the best person you can be - in other words to become an agent of change. Food for Thought aims to ensure all children meet their fundamental and physiological need of food.
Breakfast typically consists of fruit, dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt), and a grain (toast, bagel, muffin, oatmeal). Breakfast is provided by securing reclaimed food from local coffee shops, purchasing foods from dollars received from grants, fundraising, sponsorships, and donations, and food donations from the Central Okanagan Food Bank, Lake Country Food Bank, and Gospel Mission.
Breakfast is important for healthy brain development, academic performance, health, and nutrition. Most importantly, establishing healthy habits, such as eating a nutritious breakfast, at a young age results in healthy habits throughout one’s life.
We know that a hungry child is more likely to act out and less likely to achieve their personal potential. By ensuring children begin their day with a nutritious breakfast, we have seen happy productive classrooms with reduced behavioral problems, increased academic performance and a stronger sense of community.
Food for Thought is alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically on Goal #2 - to end hunger, achieve food security, and improve nutrition and takes action on the determinants health of: (1) Personal Health Practices; (2) Healthy Child Development; and indirectly on (3) Education and Literacy.
Food for Thought has a fantastic group of volunteers. Without volunteers, we would not be able to reach the number of children that we currently do. If you are interested in volunteering please click here to express your interest.
For more information and to learn how you can support Food for Thought, contact:
Katrina Lehenbauer, Food for Thought Breakfast Program Coordinator, at (250) 712-2007 or email@example.com.
We would like to thank our sponsors and partners. Without your support Food for Thought would not be possible:
Central Okanagan School District No.23
New Life Centre