CSNO helps feed students during pandemic

SPN Staff

Funding to feed students in schools has been given by a Peace region francophone school division to local communities to support school families in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conseil scolaire du Nord-Ouest [CSNO] has extended funds from the provincial school nutrition grant to its students in schools in Peace River, Falher and Grande Prairie.

“Thanks to the school nutrition program funds, the CSNO will continue to support the nutritional needs of its students in the three school communities,” Supt. Supt. Brigitte Kropielnicki says.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CSNO provided a free lunch program at École Héritage in Falher and École Nouvelle Frontière in Grande Prairie, and was working to start a program at École des Quatre-Vents in Peace River.

About 325 students from kindergarten to Grade 6 in the three schools can access a $50 gift card from a local grocery each month in April, May and June.

A one-time donation of $15,180 to Servant’s Heart Initiative in Peace River that offers a soup kitchen and family meal boxes in the Peace River area.

CSNO also donated $10,680 to the Salvation Army in Grande Prairie that offers food hampers in the Grande Prairie area.

Remaining funds, if any, will also be donated to the community at the end of the school year.

Funds from the nutrition grant support feeding programs in schools.

However, the programs for the current school year ended when schools were closed March 16 in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alberta Education encouraged school divisions to find ways to share the remaining unused funds with communities to help families in need.

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