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- Gores Landing Lawn Bowler Scores Big For Student Nutrition Programs in Northumberland –

(NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY) – A 16-year-old Gores Landing resident has put together the right ingredients to help fuel student learning in local schools.

Baylee van Steijn organized a recent fundraising barbecue at the Cobourg Lawn Bowling Club, using $150 in funds she received from Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) through its ‘Make 150 Count’ program. The RBC program, which is designed to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, encouraged young people across Canada to use the $150 grant to plan something special in their community.

Van Steijn used RBC’s ‘Make 150 Count’ funds to cover costs for the charity barbecue. In the end, the investment paid off, as the charity barbecue raised $636 to support the work of Northumberland Food For Thought.

“Baylee is an incredible young woman who wants to give back to her community. She is to be commended for helping support student learning in Northumberland schools,” says Beth Kolisnyk, Coordinator of Northumberland Food For Thought, the organization that coordinates 56 student nutrition programs in local schools.

Van Steijn, who also made headlines recently for being selected as a member of the Team Canada development squad for lawn bowling, has fond memories of student nutrition programs from her days attending Plainville Public School.

“Student nutrition programs play an important role in schools by helping ensure students aren’t distracted by hunger and can learn in the classroom,” says van Steijn, who now attends Cobourg Collegiate Institute. “I’m so grateful for the generosity of those at the fundraising barbecue, especially as we’re able to support a great cause.”

Locally, student nutrition programs vary from a full sit-down breakfast before class to others featuring snack bins delivered to classrooms from which students can choose something to eat. Whatever form it takes, the goal of the nutrition program is to ensure students have enough to eat to learn in school. These programs receive financial support from the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services through its lead local agency, the Peterborough Family Resource Centre. All programs are free, and open to any student who wants to take part. For more information or to support/volunteer with Northumberland Food For Thought, call (905) 372-5071.

For media inquiries, contact:

Beth Kolisnyk, Community Development Coordinator, Northumberland Food For Thought, (905) 372-5071,

or Kimberly Leadbeater, Chairperson, Northumberland Food For Thought, (905) 885-9100.

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