Halton Food for Thought was delighted to learn it had received an $83,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to help the organization continue its work providing access to nutritious snacks for elementary and secondary students (be they in-school or online). This is part of its Health Student Snack Bags program, so that young people can better focus on learning.
“No child should in our community go hungry. Halton Food for Thought does vital work making sure students can access healthy, nutritious food. I am glad that our government is helping so they can continue to help kids during these challenging times,” said Effie Triantafilopoulos, MPP for Oakville North-Burlington.
The Resilient Communities Fund was developed to help non-profit organizations recover and rebuild from the impacts of COVID-19 to continue meeting the needs of Ontario communities.
“When given access to healthy food students have their best chance at success! We believe in a Halton Region where no student goes hungry, whether they learn from home or in the classroom. These are our students, and they deserve our support, now more than ever. We are very grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for this Resilient Communities Fund grant which will help us #FeedTheirFuture,” said Nancy Rumple, Interim Executive Director, Halton Food for Thought.
Halton Food for Thought has been feeding Halton students for over two decades. Founded in 1997 by a group of parents who noticed that not every child was arriving at school having had a healthy breakfast and / or not every child had food in their lunch. For many kids what food they had did not contain enough nutrients to fuel their minds and bodies for learning, Halton Food for Thought provides more than 85,000 Halton students access to healthy food to fuel their success.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $115 million to 644 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.