Kawartha Credit Union takes a bit out of hunger for local students

ONGOING INVESTMENT: Food For Kids Coordinator Jennifer Armitage, far left, accepts a $3,000 cheque from staff at Kawartha Credit Union in Lindsay. The credit union has been a long-time supporter of student nutrition programs in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

KAWARTHA LAKES-The Kawartha Credit Union is being recognized for taking a big bite out of hunger for some local kids.

The company recently donated $3,000 to support the work of Food For Kids City of Kawartha Lakes. Food For Kids is the organization that coordinates 46 student nutrition programs serving more than 10,000 students at schools across the City of Kawartha Lakes. “We are extremely grateful for the continuing generosity of Kawartha Credit Union, especially in sharing our vision of supporting student nutrition programs that help to fuel learning in local classrooms,” says Jen Armitage, the Community Coordinator of Food For Kids.

The funds will be used to buy healthy food for students, while also purchasing needed equipment and appliances used in the nutrition programs. The funding comes from Kawartha’s Community Involvement Program, which aims to improve the quality of life in the communities served by the credit union.

Kawartha Credit Union has provided donations to Food For Kids over the past several years. Armitage is hopeful the credit union’s donation will spur other businesses and community organizations to consider supporting student learning. “We know that Kawartha Lakes students come to school hungry for many reasons, not just poverty. Long bus rides to school, early morning practices and hurried morning routines can all be factors,” she notes. “Whatever the reason, by providing food to students, we help to ensure they can learn and concentrate in class without the distraction of an empty stomach.”

To financially support, volunteer with or find out more about Food For Kids, go online (www.foodforkidsckl.ca) or call (705) 750-1043.