Every fall our cereal drive takes place at our local Johnson’s Your Independent Grocer where customers can purchase a healthy box of cereal or give a monetary donation for our participating schools in Timmins.
Last year’s event collected 676 boxes of cereal and $531.00 in monetary donations which was used to purchase more cereal.
All boxes were distributed amongst the schools who participate in the Student Nutrition Program providing over 5,500 servings of cereal.
This year’s event will take place on September 21st from 9am to 4pm.
Who we serve.
Over the course of the 2022 – 2023 school year, we supported 85 schools throughout Northeastern Ontario from Temagami to Timiskaming Shores and Kirkland Lake, up to Timmins, including Iroquois Falls to Calstock and everywhere in between, right up to the James Bay Area, reaching over 13,486 students and serving over 1,581,500 snacks / breakfasts.
We ensure that all students, regardless of social or financial situations, have access to the program, so all students are well-nourished and ready to learn.
Participation in the Student Nutrition Program provides an opportunity to establish life-long health eating habits, supports healthy development in children and youth, including recognizing and maintaining a healthy body weight, and provides an opportunity to learn how to choose, prepare and enjoy nutritious food.
There are many reasons children arrive at school without having eaten breakfast.
• Students may not be hungry that early in the morning, or there is little food in the home.
• Students get on the bus early to get to school.
• Parents leave for work early and children may not have access to a nutritious breakfast.
• In some homes, parents do not eat breakfast.
When children are hungry, they can’t focus, and if they can’t focus, they can’t learn. Research shows that when children have enough to eat, they feel energized, concentrate better in class, perform better in school, and have increased attendance. This is also a great way for students to socialize and come together.