Lo­cal NGO takes over Food for Thought plan

Hope for the Na­tions to buy kids break­fast

The Daily Courier - - OKANAGAN - — Daily Courier Staff

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.

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