CANADA - Central Okanagan: Food for Thought

We can't let kids go hungry.

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 foodforthought@hopeforthenations.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

Gospel Mission

New Life Centre

Emmanuel Church

Starbucks

Project Updates

  • Food for Thought is a HOPE program located in Kelowna, BC. There are over 4,500 children in the central Okanagan who go to school hungry due to living in a food insecure home, often due to poverty. Without proper nutrition, students often experience low energy, are unable to concentrate, and often act out as a result.

     

    Food for Thought works to combat this issue by providing a free nutritious breakfast to over 1500 school-aged children a day across 30 schools located throughout Kelowna and the surrounding area.

     

    We're excited to announce that Food for Thought was recently selected to pitch as a finalist at the ChangeUP3 event presented by the Okanagan Changemakers, on November 2nd!

     

    “This year’s ChangeUP, Okanagan Changemakers’ third pitch competition, will feature six finalists who will present their ideas for tackling  some of our community’s most difficult challenges.  Through live voting, the audience selects the best social impact initiative in each category with cash and inkind services on the line.” - okanaganchangemakers.com

     

    At the event, Food for Thought, along with other local entrepreneurs, will be pitching innovative solutions to social and environmental challenge. After which the audience will then vote to select which program they think will have the best impact.

     

    We invite everyone who is able and interested to attend the event and lend your support to this amazing HOPE program. You can purchase tickets for the event by clicking HERE

     

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