School closures during the COVID-19 pandemic has also meant the cancellation of student nutrition programs at schools in both Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton.
We know that for some families, access to our school nutrition programs is an important and reliable supplement for healthy and nutritious foods and any disruption to that access can be very stressful.
That is why our staff is making a $10,000 donation to be divided evenly between United Way Chatham-Kent and the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton. Through these organizations, we know our families will be able to access emergency funds for food.
The money is being donated from the Board’s Good Samaritan Fund, which is an account created by employee donations to be used for student needs not covered by Noelle’s Gift. It is most often used to support students and families to participate in educational excursions and school trips.
In Chatham-Kent, a partnership has been developed between United Way Chatham-Kent and the Ontario Student Nutrition Program. Families in need of food can apply to obtain grocery gift cards by registering at www.ckgives.ca or calling 519-354-0430 ext. 202.
In Sarnia-Lambton, the Board’s donation will be ear-marked for community partners, who can access United Way funds for food programs to support families and children.
Both United Way Chatham-Kent and the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton have expressed their appreciation for the donations at this time of great need.