Student Nutrition Fund Results

Student Nutrition Fund Results

Students were among the many groups across Perth and Huron facing added uncertainty and stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effects on children and youth were wide-ranging but perhaps the most critical area impacted was nutrition.

With schools closed, the students and their parents who rely on getting healthy snacks can’t access the Ontario Student Nutrition Program. That’s why United Way Perth-Huron worked with Social Services and the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre to lend a hand to help those in need.

The Huron Distribution Centre utilized their team of volunteers to pack bags with healthy school snack items and deliver them to participating food banks and aid agencies across Perth and Huron. In total, 979 snack bags—over 21,500 lbs. of food—went out to school-aged children from food insecure households!

Additional student nutrition funds flowed through United Way’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund. Families with students were able to apply for funds for groceries through the City of Stratford Social Services Department — administering the program for Perth County — and the Huron County Social & Property Services Department. In total, $15,160 in student nutrition funds helped support 154 students across our region.

For both parts of the program, the Avon Maitland District School Board and the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board worked to connect with families and let them know about the help available to them.

United Way Perth-Huron was proud to work with the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre, the Avon-Maitland District School Board and the Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board to support students and their families.

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