Community Sponsorship in Kelowna
Food for Thought Kelowna Breakfast Society was established in 2009 with a desire to eliminate hunger in school children, one child at a time. At the core of their mission statement lies the fact that a hungry child is more likely to act out, and less likely to achieve his or her potential.
The latest figures from Statistics Canada (2013) once again show that too many BC children - 1 in 5 - are growing up in poverty. Nearly 19,000 families in BC include food-insecure children. Hunger and poor nutrition have well-known effects on a child's growth and development. In addition to the impact on their physical health, poorly nourished children have trouble concentrating at school and may exhibit behavior challenges.
Food For Thought provides free breakfast to over 1500 children a day in Kelowna, Lake Country and West Kelowna. Their programs run in 32 locations, encompassing 80% of district public schools.
By ensuring children begin their day with a nutritious breakfast, they are seeing happy productive classrooms with reduced behavioral problems, increased academic performance and a sense of community.