Challenge keeps kids fed

NANAIMO – School PAC issues challenge to keep children fed during summer program.

Christine Adams

Christine Adams

Quarterway Elementary School parent advisory council and staff are issuing a friendly challenge so children don’t go hungry.

The school is supporting the Nanaimo Foodshare Summer Lunch Munch program that provides more than 6,000 lunches to children in need.

Free lunches are distributed at local parks hosting summer parks, recreation and culture programs.

Quarterway’s goal is to raise enough money to pay for two months of lunches for 16 children  – one child for each of its 16 divisions.

A donation of $60 provides a nutritious lunch to a child for the entire summer.

“Like other councils, our PAC and staff support students in many ways,” said Heather Northrop of Quarterway’s PAC. “Now we are going to extend that support over the summer to children out in the community.  For the 10-month school year many district students rely on Nanaimo Foodshare’s meals programs. But for some, the two-month summer holidays can mean the loss of food security.

“Please consider giving the gift of nutrition as a thank you to your child’s teacher. Make a donation to Nanaimo Foodshare in any amount.”

At Quarterway, families can drop off their donation of cash or cheque (payable to Nanaimo Foodshare) at the school office.

Donations are tax deductible and Nanaimo Foodshare is happy to issue tax receipts for donations in any amount.

“Schools need students to come back healthy and ready to learn in September,” said Northrop. “To be ready to learn, students need nutritious food.”

For more information, please e-mail   quarterwayschoolpac@gmail.com.