Today is Giving Tuesday and Brant Food For Thought officially kicks off The Gift of Good Nutrition winter giving campaign. We are continually amazed by the ongoing generosity of the communities of Brantford and Brant.
The demand for school-based student nutrition programs is growing and the need for our services is greater than ever.
The City of Brantford and the County of Brant are part of Ontario’s growth plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe Area. Our areas are experiencing unprecedented population growth due to the provincial mandate. In fact, our growth rate over the last 5 years has been higher than the provincial average. Consequently, our schools are grappling with higher enrolment numbers and capacity issues. With increased school growth comes increased demand for nutrition programs and student support.
One principal at a school located in a rapidly expanding area of the city recently reached out to us with this comment:
“We have quite a few families who are new to Canada and settling here now. Many of these parents are struggling on minimum wage, facing food insecurity, working 2 jobs, etc. A significant number of students at this school could use a healthy snack or meal. We would like to apply for a Brant Food For Thought food grant to start up a student nutrition program.”
Here’s how YOU can help:
- Consider a monetary gift through our online donation portal at CanadaHelps.org. Click on this link for the donation form. It’s a simple and secure way to give the gift of good nutrition this holiday season for the entire school year.
- Need gifts wrapped? Our Holiday Gift Wrap Booth is back at the Lynden Park Mall from December 1st until the 24th for all your gift wrapping needs.
- Purchase gift wrapping supplies for that do-it-yourself feeling and support the cause of good nutrition. Contact our office.
- Do you enjoy gift wrapping? Sign up for a volunteer shift at the gift wrapping booth by emailing Judy at email@example.com
In Lieu of Teacher Gift
Give the gift of good nutrition this holiday season with a donation to student nutrition programs In Lieu of a Teacher Gift. You can choose to designate your gift to a participating school nutrition program. Follow this link for the donation form on our online CanadaHelps portal.
Download our fillable PDF card here: Holiday Card – The Gift of Good Nutrition-inter
Teachers witness firsthand the benefits of a student nutrition program in their school community.
“I have one particular student in my class who does not get a solid breakfast every day at home. When I work with him one on one, I can tell when he hasn’t eaten because he can’t focus. When this happens, I take him down to the snack room where he grabs himself a couple snacks. After eating, we try to focus again and he does a MUCH better job. I know this is the case for quite a few of our students in the school and feel that they are strongly benefitting from this program.”
Elementary School Teacher
Brant Food For Thought is counting on your support this giving season. Help us to give the gift that gives all school year long–the gift of good nutrition. Thank you for your generous support!