Local NGO takes over Food for Thought plan
Hope for the Nations to buy kids breakfast
Local non-governmental organization Hope for the Nations has taken over Kelowna’s Food for Thought program, which aims to eliminate hunger in children by providing free breakfasts in 30 schools to 1,500 children a day throughout the Central Okanagan.
“We know empty stomachs limit children’s ability to reach their full potential,” said Patricia Phillips, executive director of Hope for the Nations. “We’re excited to be able to partner with the Central Okanagan Public Schools on this program to help support education and learning by ensuring students aren’t attending school hungry.”
The breakfasts typically consist of fruit, dairy and a grain.
Half of the food is provided to schools through donations and reclaimed food from local businesses, valued at $125,000 per year.
The other half is purchased with funds received from grants, donations and sponsors.
Hope for the Nations is raising money through its Freeze Hunger campaign, launching on Friday.
The campaign will invite supporters to sponsor the program on a yearly, monthly or per child basis.
To learn more about the Food for Thought program, go online to hopeforthenations.com/foodforthought.