Thankful for our Many Friends and Contributors – Summer/Fall 2016

On behalf of the children and youth we support, Brant Food For Thought would like to say a BIG…THANK YOU to ALL our generous FRIENDS and CONTRIBUTORS over the past few months.  Your donations are making a difference!

Educators and parents witness firsthand the benefits of a student nutrition program.

Elementary classroom setting. Focus on teacher and chalkboard.

“The breakfast program has had a significant influence on the climate and culture of our school.  We have experienced a decrease in the frequency and severity of student conflict, and classes have experienced fewer issues related to inattention or misbehaviour early in the day.  This has helped us create an inclusive community atmosphere that allows students, younger siblings and caregivers, staff, and our invaluable community partners to interact with one another in a positive, respectful, accepting manner.” – School Principal

 “A student in my class almost never brings any kind of fruit or vegetable in his lunch, which usually consists of two starchy items like crackers and something sweet.  The nutritious snack bin may provide the only daily fruit or vegetable for this student.” – School Teacher

 

 

“In order to get students to try new foods, we invented ‘Try It Tuesday’s’, to give students an opportunity to try different foods, like kiwi, cauliflower, broccoli Fruit and Vegetablesor hummus.  A parent called the school to find out what ‘green’ fruit we served at the breakfast program that day.  Her son really enjoyed it and wanted some for home.  It turned out to be kiwi.” – School Secretary, Breakfast Coordinator

 

“The kids love the breakfast program.  They are ready to start the school day after a good breakfast.  They do so much better in school and they don’t crash in the afternoon.  I think this program is great for the kids.  I help out here as a parent volunteer and I love it.” – Parent and Program Volunteer

 

 

A Special Thank you to…..

Braemar House School Annual "Thanks-4-Giving" Food Drive

Braemar House School Annual “Thanks-4-Giving” Food Drive

Braemar House School student council executive members are proudly posing with the school’s donation.  They gathered 269 items, including hot and cold cereals, granola bars, apple sauce, whole grain crackers and canned fruit.  “The Thanksgiving Food Drive is a tradition at our school and donating items to breakfast programs in schools is important to us,” says Kristin Pass, Executive Director of Braemar House School.  “We want to ensure students have a great start for the day and get off on the right foot for a day of learning.”  Pass continued by saying, “Our families gave generously from their hearts  and we’re proud to see the results.  All the best to Brant Food For Thought and the important work you are doing.”

 

Pictured above (L to R): Dr. Sandy Kunej of Family Care Chiropractic; Gisèle Budgell, Program Director at Brant Food For Thought; staff Alex Bowers-Lynch, Maura Coltsman and Hannah van der Mout.

Pictured above (L to R): Dr. Sandy Kunej of Family Care Chiropractic; Gisèle Budgell, Program Director at Brant Food For Thought; staff Alex Bowers-Lynch, Maura Coltsman and Hannah van der Mout.

Long time supporter, Dr. Sandy Kunej of Family Care Chiropractic along with his staff present their donation to supporting student nutrition wishing Brant Food For Thought continued success.  As expressed by Dr. Kunej, “It is a wonderful organization that truly makes a difference in our community.”  Thank you Dr. Sandy and staff for your continued support of student nutrition programs in Brantford and Brant!

 

 

Mia Vamos-Yuhasz of the Healthy Rabbit presents donation to Gisèle Budgell, Program Director, Brant Food For Thought

Mia Vamos-Yuhasz of the Healthy Rabbit presents donation to Gisèle Budgell, Program Director, Brant Food For Thought

 

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The mission of the Healthy Rabbit Café and Smoothie Bar is to promote healthy, holistic and sustainable lifestyles in the Brantford community through wholesome food, quality retail products and access to active living.  In an effort to “make a difference in the Brant community”, the Pay As You Feel Night was created to share with friends, a healthy and wholesome meal, live music and good conversation for a donation of your comfort level.  They created a delicious lentil soup to help Brant Food For Thought further their mission.  Thank you Healthy Rabbit for supporting student nutrition in Brant!

Picture above (L to R) from Brant Food For Thought: Sherron Birkett, Board President and Gisèle Budgell, Program Director.

Picture above (L to R) from Brant Food For Thought: Sherron Birkett, Board President and Gisèle Budgell, Program Director.

Thank you to the City Grants program of the City of Brantford, administered by the Brant Community Foundation for our successful grant in the amount of $4,363.53.  100% of this donation will help support the purchase of nutritious foods for student nutrition programs in Brantford and Brant.  Thank you for partnering with us to help contribute to a child’s ability to learn by alleviating in-school hunger and by improving the health outcomes of children and youth in our community.  They are our future!

 

Pictured above (L to R): Ellen Gerow, President of Paris Optimist Club; Gisèle Budgell, Program Director of Brant Food For Thought

Pictured above (L to R): Ellen Gerow, President of Paris Optimist Club; Gisèle Budgell, Program Director of Brant Food For Thought

The Paris Optimist Club donated $1,610.00 to Brant Food For Thought at the club’s annual closing barbeque.  Long time supporters of Brant Food For Thought, the Paris Optimist Club members truly are “Friends of Youth”.  Thank you for your generous ongoing support of children and youth in Brant!

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