Halton Food for Thought received $24,000 from the federal government Thursday (July 16).
Pam Damoff, Member of Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington, presented the investment as part of Canada’s Local Infrastructure Infrastructure Fund (LFIF).
The five-year, $50-million program under the Food Policy for Canada is earmarked for community-based, not-for-profit organizations and supports the government’s mandate to address hunger, promote good health, cut food waste, and encourage sustainable food systems.
“By giving every Halton student access to healthy, nutritious food, Halton Food for Thought is giving them the best chance at success,” said MP Damoff.
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“Our government recognizes that our communities are better for the hard work and compassion of organizations like Halton Food for Thought, that are dedicated to ensuring no student is left behind. “
The first phase of the program saw 362 projects across Canada receive funding valued at up to $25,000 per project, for a total of $ 6.6-million.
LFIF funds are expected to help Halton Food for Thought expand its reach to 2,500 Halton students who currently don’t have a Student Nutrition Program (SNP).
“Halton Food for Thought programs and partners value providing high-quality local food to our students,” said Tracy Hussey, MSc RD, Executive Director, Halton Food for Thought.
“We are very grateful to the Government of Canada for this Local Food Infrastructure Grant which will help us, our students and our local farmers achieve our goals.”
Halton Food for Thought has been feeding Halton students for over two decades.
According to the organization’s website, Halton Food for Thought was founded in 1997 by a group of concerned parents. Halton Food For Thought provides more than 79,000 Halton students access to healthy food at school daily, according to the organization.
“COVID-19 has put greater pressure and demand on local food organization that are providing nutritious food to those who need it most,” added Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.
“The project announced today has a meaningful impact on the food security for vulnerable people in the Halton region, and helps give Halton Food for Thought the tools they need to continue their excellent work.” f Halton Food for Thought to ensure Halton students have the food they need to achieve. “
(photo credit: Halton Food for Thought promo video)