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Shelling out for egg-citing breakfasts at school

Egg farmers partner with local student nutrition programs
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Hungry students will have an eggs-citing start to their mornings thanks to a new partnership between the Ontario Student Nutrition Programs Network and Egg Farmers of Ontario. 

This three-year provincial commitment of $150,000 will provide $1,525 annually to the Children’s Foundation of Guelph and Wellington Food & Friends program to help local students in Dufferin, Wellington and Guelph.

"Egg Farmers of Ontario is excited about this three-year partnership with the Ontario Student Nutrition Programs Network," said EFO Chair Scott Graham. “Ontario’s egg farmers are committed through this partnership to helping students by providing schools funding to purchase eggs or better equipment needed to serve fresh, high-quality Ontario eggs in schools across the province."

There are many reasons why students come to school hungry. While poverty can definitely play a part, some kids may come to school having had a very quick breakfast or none at all, or they may have eaten very early in the day.

Regardless of the reason, being hungry impedes a student’s ability to learn.

The breakfast program at St. James Catholic School in Guelph serves an average of 75 students a day, giving them a healthy start that helps them to be more alert in class. 

“Some of the student nutrition programs in our area have difficulty serving the healthy option of eggs to their students because of barriers such as not enough funding to afford eggs or not having the appropriate equipment to prepare eggs,” says Anita Macfarlane, Program Director, Food & Friends. “This grant will allow us to remove these barriers for about 18 of our programs. We will be able to provide items such as griddles and skillets along with support for the purchase of eggs and storage of eggs in student nutrition programs.  We are so grateful”.

A cheque presentation will take place at St. James Catholic School, 57 Victoria Rd N in Guelph on April 15, 2016 at 8:15 a.m.

For more information about Egg Farmers of Ontario, please click here 

For more information about Food & Friends, please click here 



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