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Northumberland Food for Thought Receives United Way Community Impact Grant

Over 39 local schools will now have access to more nutritious food to ensure students start their day the right way.

PORT HOPE, ON (March 1, 2023) – In partnership with Northumberland Food for Thought the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR District Health Unit) is pleased to announce the awarding of a $5,000 Community Impact Grant provided by Northumberland United Way.

The proceeds from the grant will be utilized through Central East Student Nutrition Program’s online platform that enables its 39 member schools within Northumberland County to purchase food for their nutrition programs at affordable prices while minimizing volunteer workload. Created in 2019, The online store features food items that meet the nutrition guidelines set out by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, ensuring students have access to healthy food choices.

“Student nutrition programs generally operate on tight budgets, so this grant will really help schools stretch their food dollars,” said Beth Kolisnyk, Community Development Coordinator with Northumberland Food for Thought.  “We are so grateful for the grant. Without community support, we could not offer school programs the kind of financial support they desperately need.”

All student nutrition programs in Northumberland are free and voluntary, providing food to students every day to ensure they attend school well-nourished and ready to learn. Northumberland United Way supports Student Nutrition Programs that address emerging or vital needs in the Northumberland community. Students come to school hungry for a variety of reasons. Student Nutrition Programs are there to ensure students have the food they need to succeed in school.

“Last year, over 6,000 students in Northumberland County benefited from a breakfast, lunch, or snack program at school,” said Kimberly Leadbeater, Chair of Northumberland Food for Thought and Registered Dietitian with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “This grant means that schools can purchase more healthy food, ensuring that students start their day fueled for success. Establishing healthy eating habits early is key to optimizing lifelong health and well-being.”

“We’re thrilled to again be providing support for the online food ordering system,” said Maggie Darling, Acting Executive Director of Northumberland United Way. “A small investment can go a long way towards having a big impact within our community.”

Northumberland Food for Thought is the non-profit partnership that coordinates Student Nutrition Programs at local schools. Along with the support of residents, businesses and organizations like Northumberland United Way, local Student Nutrition Programs also receive financial support from the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services through its lead local agency, is Peterborough Child, and Family Centres.


Media Contacts:
Beth Kolisnyk, Community Development Coordinator, Northumberland Food for Thought,

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