Did you know that there is a Nutrition for Learning program right here at Northlake Woods? For the past 25 years, Nutrition for Learning has brought food directly to schools across Waterloo Region. With ever increasing food security concerns, Nutrition for Learning continually strives to elevate the experience of universal food access so that students can focus on learning, participate and thrive. Currently, Nutrition for Learning has 174 student nutrition programs in schools across Waterloo Region serving over 23,000 students daily.
Our school will be participating in the Classroom Grab and Go Meal Program, meaning every classroom receives a bin which contains food items from each of the three food groups (vegetable and/or fruit, dairy and/or protein, and grain). Some of the typical food choices may be yogurt tubes, cheese strings, Cheerios, granola bars, melba toast, apples, clementines, cereal bars
Each classroom will have its own established routines to allow food to be presented in an appetizing,non-stigmatizing way that promotes dignity, inclusion and a healthy relationships with food. Universally accessible means that all students are eligible to participate in the program and that no student should feel singled out while accessing food, nor turned away for being perceived as “not in need” of the program. Parents are encouraged to engage in conversations so that your child is able to independently determine IF or WHEN to access nutritious snacks through the program. To help ensure that parents are aware of what their child is eating while at school, students will be encouraged to bring all excess food, packaging and waste home in their lunch bags, including the packaging from items accessed thru the N4L program. This is referred to as a boomerang lunch and enables families to recycle, compost and manage waste more effectively.
As food costs and food insecurities have increased, Nutrition for Learning has noticed a growing need for student nutrition programs. The N4L Back to School fundraising campaign is currently underway. This campaign encourage the community, including school families, to rally together to ensure no student is hungry this year. A single $1 provides a whole meal. Even a small donation make a huge impact. N4L needs help to keep up with the growing need. Please consider making a one-time donation or becoming a monthly donor by visiting http://nutritionforlearning.ca/northlake You may also visit the main N4L website http://www.nutritionforlearning.ca/ and select the heading Donate Now to learn more about the ways you can give such as e-cards, securities, educator appreciation e-donations, planned giving, car donations, school sponsorships and local philanthropic events.
Northlake Woods PS would like to generously thank the partners and sponsors of N4L: Tim Hortons, Rotary Club of Kitchener Grand River, Hendrix Genetics, Manulife, General Heating RF, Breakfast Club of Canada, The Grocery Foundation, United Way Waterloo Region Communities, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Deer Ridge, PC Children’s Charity, ECU, Dundee Recycling, Heffner Toyota, The OTIP Community Fund,Kiwanis, Egg Farmers of Ontario,Canuck Compounders Inc, Rotary, Concentra, Cowan Foundation, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Rotary Cambridge Sunrise, The Jim and Sue Hallman Foundation, Bus Planner, Lyle S. Hallman Foundation, Waterloo Region Community Foundation, WEFI, Student Nutrition Central Ontario West, MacMillan Tire, Cambridge Today