We would like to thank the Oakville Community Foundation for their continued support of Student Nutrition Programs in Oakville. Their combined contributions add up to more than $25,000 allocated to starting new programs over the past four years. This year, they have generously provided funding to support breakfast programs starting at Iroquois Ridge High School and Abbey Park High School. Abbey Park’s program is scheduled to open in the new year.
These two breakfast programs will serve upwards of 200 students each week. With statistics stating that 60% of Oakville 16 year olds arriving at school without having breakfast, the programs are much needed. The programs offer a safe and reliable source of healthy food and encourage students to consume more fruits and vegetables.
The Oakville Community Foundation makes Oakville a better place to live, work, learn and grow. By assessing the needs in the community and match them with philanthropic families and organizations. They offer a simple, collaborative and enduring means to support the Oakville community and it’s charitable organizations. Their recently launched Vital Signs Report outlines the major issues affecting quality of life in Oakville. It is a great eye opener to see that although the community appears affluent, there is a lot of need and poverty that is often hidden at first glance. Many thanks to OCF for sharing this report with all of us and creating opportunities for discussion.