Meals2Go program provides healthy food to kids
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This article was published 28/09/2022 (244 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Food is essential to a brighter future — it is the fuel for student success. Harvest Manitoba knows how integral food is for child health. Since 2018, Harvest has been providing kindergarten to Grade 8 students in Winnipeg schools with access to food through our Meals2Go program. This program provides kids with a bag of healthy food items, including fruit, milk, cheese and cereal, helping them stay on top of their nutrition over the weekend and ready to learn on Monday morning.
This donor-supported program has been a huge success, and we would like to bring this important program to even more children in Manitoba.
Without access to healthy food, many children begin to fall behind in school. And in severe cases, chronic hunger can affect their physical development. While school-provided meals help, far too many kids often go without nourishing meals in the evenings and on weekends.
Rising inflation is making healthy food even harder to afford for so many of our families, forcing them to make very tough decisions.
Samantha, a young student, expressed that she’s thankful for her weekly kit because she can make her own breakfasts. In the mornings, her mom goes to work early and her dad works nights, so he needs to sleep, oftentimes leaving her to make her own breakfasts.
This year has been a challenging one for many people in our community. Harvest Manitoba and our partner food bank agencies across the province continue to see record levels of need. One year ago, in 2021, Harvest served 10,000 households per month which was a record level of need at that time. Jump ahead to 2022, one year later, and demand has increased by 42 per cent to 14,000 hampers per month. Demand for food in Winnipeg and communities around Manitoba has never been greater than it is today.
Your gift helps to support kids receiving healthy food through Meals2Go, and the thousands of Manitobans who depend on our monthly hampers.
For more information on Harvest Manitoba and its programs or to donate, visit www.harvestmanitoba.ca, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 204-982-3663.
Harvest Manitoba is a not-for-profit, community based organization. Our goals are to collect and share surplus food with people who are hungry and to offer training opportunities to help people step up and out of poverty. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate the need for food banks in our community. Find out more at www.harvestmanitoba.ca