About Food For Thought Lanark County

Our History

March 2001 The North Lanark Community Health Centre agreed to develop a Breakfast for Learning Community Partnership Program. This model was to encourage communities to build on the willingness of schools, local people, organizations and business to ensure that every child attends school well nourished and ready to learn.

A group of forward thinking, action oriented leaders formed the inaugural Food For Thought Steering Committee. We soon learned that many people wanted to help. And so began Food For Thought in Lanark County.

We immediately realized that the support of parents, caregivers, school staff and the community are essential to the success of our student nutrition programs. We realized that nutrition programs would not happen without the commitment of dedicated volunteers. We discovered that one of our greatest assets would be the school site coordinators.

Over the years, Food For Thought has hosted special occasions, organized fundraising events, and celebrated many accomplishments.

Food For Thought is a shining example of how people who care passionately about nourishing children and youth at school can reach a common goal.

With your help, we can continue to work to ensure our children and youth have the nourishment they need to learn, grow and thrive!

As shown in the graph below, we have experienced a significant growth in the number of programs being offered, the number of meals and snacks being provided to students and the increase of volunteers and the hours that they give to run the programs.


School Year
Number of Schools
Number of Programs
Meals/Snacks Served
Number of Students
Number of Volunteers
Volunteer Hours
2001-2002
13
14
49,200
93
4,600
2002-2003
18
21
89,519
177
5,115
2003-2004
22
29
78,200
262
6,300
2004-2005
23
27
74,869
234
7,000
2005-2006
32
45
101,149
3,264
275
12,825
2006-2007
33
62
290,925
5,286
283
10,000
2007-2008
35
65
271,947
4,573
338
8,528
2008-2009
35
69
349,003
5,474
420
11,230
2009-2010
35
66
291,472
5,504
432
15,597
2010-2011
35
78
289,911
5,697
471
9,223
2011-2012
35
72
275,261
5,584
564
12,820
2012-2013
34
73
308,334
5,495
526
15,627
2013-2014
35
74
373,333
6,006
553
14,532
2014-2015
37
82
447,382
6,296
705
15,549
2015-2016
37
86
462,430
6,641
681
16,524
2016-2017
37
80
513,445
7,036
601
18,575
Total
37
4,266,380
184,045

Steering Committee

The Food For Thought Steering Committee provides strategic direction for the Partnership. The committee develops, evaluates and revises program policies; develop and monitor the progress of work plans; and identifies mechanisms for sustainability of the Partnership. The grant review committee is responsible for determining equitable funding allocations to each participating school. The committee ensures all requirements of the Lead Agency are complete.

Food For Thought Steering Committee Membership

Jan Smith (Chair) Retired Teacher, former SNP School Site Coordinator

Matthew Barnabe Grocery Store Owner - Barnabe's Your Independent Grocer

Sharon Bjergso Partnership Coordinator

Cherie Hardie Food & Logistics Coordinator, South East Region

Danielle Labonte Registered Dietitian - Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Public Health Unit

Kim McCann Senior Public Health Inspector - Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Public Health Unit

Betty Mears Retired Teachers of Ontario - Lanark District, School Site SNP Coordinator

Wendy Quarrington Good Food Bank Coordinator - The Table Community Food Centre

Jim Roberts Principal, Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario

Dianne Stroud Vice Principal, Almonte and District High School -Upper Canada District School Board

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WHAT KIDS SAY

"I like that our breakfast program is open to everyone and that it doesn't cost anything."

- Grade 8 Student

"I eat before I come to school but I like that our breakfast program gives my classmate's energy."

- Grade 7 Student

"It's so much easier to learn when you are not tired and hungry."

- Grade 7 Student

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Funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services and administered regionally by The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation.