The Greentree School breakfast program got a big boost on September 6 when Farm Credit Canada made a donation of $1,000. FCC donated the money as part of their national Drive Away Hunger fundraising initiative.
FCC employees Paula Solberg and Mandy Celik were on hand to present the cheque to Greentree's Parent Council Treasurer Kim Groves.
Groves said the donation helps a lot.
"We serve somewhere between 75 and 100 students everyday for breakfast, so it'll go a long way to help us do that."
Groves said the program costs are in the range of $10,000 annually. To pay for this, the Greentree breakfast program relies on donations from the local community.
"[We do] a door-to-door letter asking businesses for help. We apply for grants and then we accept muffins, Canalta donates fruit, [and] from any of our parents that want to help out in any way they can."
This year, the program is getting a bit of a shake-up.
"We're looking for a new co-ordinator for our breakfast program. That person would help co-ordinate the volunteers for each morning and help out with that and organize to purchase food, pick-up any donations that we have, [and] help with the kids in the morning," explained Groves.
Parents or community members who wish to volunteer can contact the Parent Council for more information.