Feed the Meter cam­paign launched in PEC

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PIC­TON – The 10th an­nual Feed the Meter cam­paign is now un­der­way, in sup­port of stu­dent nu­tri­tion pro­grams in the County of Prince Ed­ward and Hast­ings County.

All­fund­scol­lecte­d­in­park­ing­me­ters in Pic­ton, Belleville and Tren­ton dur­ing the month of De­cem­ber will sup­port Food for Learn­ing’s stu­dent nu­tri­tion pro­grams in area schools. This year’s goal for the Feed the Meter cam­paign is $ 30,000.

“No child should have to con­tend with hunger pangs while try­ing to learn. The Food for Learn­ing is mak­ing an in­cred­i­ble dif­fer­ence ad­dress­ing this need in our com­mu­nity,” stated Prince Ed­ward County Mayor Steve Fer­gu­son dur­ing the cam­paign’s of­fi­cial launch in Pic­ton ear­lier this week. “The mu­nic­i­pal­ity wel­comes the op­por­tu­nity to par- tic­i­pate in the Feed the Meter cam­paign. I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to do their part this hol­i­day sea­son and drop a few ex­tra coins in the Pic­ton park­ing me­ters.”

The goal of stu­dent nu­tri­tion pro­grams is to en­sure that all stu­dents have daily ac­cess to break­fast, lunch and/ or snacks while at school. When stu­dents eat bet­ter, they are en­gaged in their learn­ing, ex­pe­ri­ence a sense of be­long­ing at school and de­velop life­long healthy eat­ing habits.

“We know that stu­dents in our area ar­rive at school hun­gry for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons – poverty, rushed morn­ings, long bus rides, etc. Re­gard­less of the rea­son, we aim to min­i­mize hunger faced by chil­dren and youth in our com­mu­nity. The sup­port re­ceived through the Feed the Meter cam­paign makes this pos­si­ble,” stated Mari­beth deSnoo, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for the Hast­ings and Prince Ed­ward Learn­ing Foun­da­tion.

In the 2017- 2018 school year alone, Food for Learn­ing pro­grams pro­vided 1,076,531 meals and snacks through stu­dent nu­tri­tion pro­grams. All pro­ceeds of the Feed the Meter cam­paign will be re­turned to the schools in the com­mu­ni­ties where the funds were raised and will be used to pur­chase gro­ceries for the var­i­ous pro­grams in those com­mu­ni­ties.

Please Feed the Meter when vis­it­ing down­town Pic­ton, Belleville, or Tren­ton this hol­i­day sea­son.

Do­na­tions can also be mailed or de­liv­ered to:

Food for Learn­ing c/ o The Hast­ings and Prince Ed­ward Learn­ing Foun­da­tion

156 Ann Street

Belleville, ON K8N 3L3

( Please make che­ques payable to The Hast­ings and Prince Ed­ward Learn­ing Foun­da­tion)

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Sarah Do­iron, Pic­ton BIA man­ager; Mari­beth deSnoo, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Hast­ings and Prince Ed­ward Learn­ing Foun­da­tion; Vicky Struthers, com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment co­or­di­na­tor, Hast­ings and Prince Ed­ward Learn­ing Foun­da­tion; and Mayor Steve Fer­gu­son help kick off the 10th an­nual Feed the Meter cam­paign in Pic­ton.

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