Local schools such as Greentree and St. Anthony's highly benefit from breakfast programs.
Earlier this week, a local restaurant held a spaghetti eating contest to raise funds for breakfast programs that will go to the Greentree Elementary and St. Anthony's breakfast programs.
"This community is very generous. We have a number of organizations that have given to our breakfast program," raved Principal of St. Anthony's, JoAnne Akerboom. "We typically do get a good cheque that that really helps support our breakfast and lunch program. This is excellent because we do have a number of students who really benefit from that."
Akerboom could not provide a total amount as to how much this fundraiser brought the progras, but is excited for a grant that St. Anthony's was approved for coming the fall. St. Anthony's is one of eight different schools that will be receiving a School Nutrition Program Grant that will also be aiding in the breakfast and lunch programs.
"We had applied for $21, 000 so I believe that that has gone through and been approved,"beamed Akerboom. "That will make that (the nutrition program) a very robust program for our school."
With support like that, Akerboom said that St. Anthony's will be able to afford to fed more for students who need the nutrition.
"Some of our students in the Life Skills program, in addition to having looked after our breakfast and lunch programs in the past in terms of packing up the bagged lunches and breakfast for the kids and buying the fruit, will now have the opportunity to actually make some of the fresh food," Akerboom concluded. "We'll be doing things like smoothies and occasionally having a pancake breakfast."
With donation help from businesses and now a grant from the Government of Alberta, Akerboom is confident that giving children who need healthy nutritional breakfasts and lunches will be easier then ever.