Temporary Nutrition Programming For Students and Families in Need
April 16, 2020 - Parkland School Division (PSD) is dedicated to continuous learning and finding positive steps forward with new ways to help students and their families. With classes suspended indefinitely, typical delivery of nutrition education, through such methods as Grab & Go Breakfasts and Nutrition Nooks, has been repurposed to provide funds to local non-profits capable of providing or accessing food for vulnerable K-12 students and their families.
PSD believes that nutritious foods contribute to an optimal learning environment and students’ ability to engage in education, whether in class or at home. “Our teachers are doing a great job of getting nutrition information and lessons to students through online and distance learning,” Felicia Ochs, PSD Wellness Coordinator said. “It is wonderful that we are now able to use the rest of our Nutrition Grant to help feed students and families in need.”
Following Alberta Education's directives, school authorities have been instructed to find innovative ways to provide meals to students, and Alberta Education has confirmed that funding for nutrition programming will continue for the remainder of the school year. The Division will share approximately $75,000 of its provincial grant funding with local non-profits Auggie’s Café, the Parkland Food Bank and Neighbourlink Parkland.
“We are honoured to contribute to the immediate health and well-being of our students and their families and are grateful to our community partners for their involvement. This is a great example for our students of how to use cooperation and resilience during challenging times. We want them to know that there is always a way to learn and a way to help,” said Ochs.
Students and families in need are encouraged to contact any of the community organizations listed below. PSD has partnered with each to help provide additional food services, and all are taking precautions to safely provide assistance during the pandemic.
Auggie’s Café at St. Augustine’s - Parkland Anglican Church
The small army of volunteers at Auggie’s Café have retooled their usual dine-in setting to a drive-thru bagged lunch operation. Those in need of a wholesome lunch can drive up to the church on Tuesdays between noon and 1 p.m. (131 Church Road, Spruce Grove). Delivery may be available upon request by calling 780-962-5131. Visit St. Augustine’s Auggie's Cafe page for the most up-to-date information or to register for the program.
Parkland Food Bank
The food bank exists to address the needs of hunger in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland County. They are currently offering emergency food hampers, once a month and by appointment only. To book a monthly hamper appointment call 780-962-4565. Visit the food bank's Need Help web page for the most up-to-date information.
This collaborative of volunteers from Christian ministries in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Parkland County provides help to neighbours in need by helping them access essential services. They are currently providing assistance to those in need of emergency food services. For their help, please visit neighbourlinkparkland.ca or call 780-960-9669. Services extend to community members residing on the Paul First Nation.
For more information, please contact: