All food programs in Rocky View Schools (RVS) are returning to full capacity during Nutrition Month.
“RVS recognizes daily nutrition plays an important role in education,” said Superintendent of Schools, Greg Luterbach. “Healthy eating fuels learning, and our food program, Food For Thought, plays an important role in providing students a nutritious meal or snack at school.”
During the pandemic, schools were limited to serving packaged food only, and although RVS was able to offer something to students, they are excited to expand and offer nutritious options and promote healthy eating during Nutrition Month for March.
The Food For Thought programs will operate as they previously did, with no restrictions or limits and an ongoing commitment to health and safety, an RVS media release said.
Throughout March, schools will continue to evaluate and review volunteer staffing, food preparation, program needs, and student participation.
“We continue to see the need for food programs at schools, and that need varies by community,” said community partner program coordinator, Nikki Demyen. “Many schools tell us their food programs have been fully used throughout the pandemic, and a return to normal practices is welcome.”
Food For Thought is funded through grants, donations, and in-kind services from federal, provincial and local groups. RVS recently received more than $71,000 of federal funding from the Breakfast Clubs of Canada, which will be used to purchase food, plan for September needs, and purchase equipment such as blenders, griddles, mini-fridges, and food processors. Schools are also encouraged to identify any other equipment needs to ensure the breakfast programs are successful.
The breakfast programs are one of RVS food support for students and their families. RVS receives financial support from the province, and partners with local food banks, grocery stores and bakeries to ensure students have access to healthy food. The additional support wouldn’t be possible without community contributions and volunteerism, the release said.
During Nutrition Month, dieticians are available to RVS by Alberta Health and will also be promoting healthy eating and providing resources to anyone who asks.