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Port Elgin Rotary helps with student nutrition
by Sandy Lindsay

October 17 2016
www.saugeentimes.com

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Port Elgin President Bob Lunney, Bev Gateman of Ontario Student Nutrition and Melinda Myette Rotary Treasurer

Port Elgin Rotary Club recently donated $2,500 to the Grey Bruce Student Nutrition Program.

"Rotary is always trying to help our youth," says Rotary President Bob Lunney, " and we understand that nutrition for young people is particularly important."

Formerly known as the 'Eat and Learn program of Grey-Bruce', the now 'Ontario Student Nutrition Program' (OSNP) received a financial helping hand from Port Elgin Rotary.

The program provides breakfast, lunch and snacks through the school system for young students, many of whom seem endlessly hungry due to many factors.

"For some," says OSNP Community Manager, Bev Gateman, "it can be something as simple as a growth spurt where they seem endlessly hungry.  For others, it can be a long bus ride early in the morning and by the time the young students get to school, they're hungry.  This is an all inclusive program that simply wants to see young students have access to nutritional healthy foods to help them be able to focus and learn better.  Students cannot learn if they are hungry."

The program at each school is run by volunteers who are dedicated to ensuring that students have nutritional meals.

 

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While many people may want to donate food items, Gateman says that funds are more beneficial.  "With funds," she says, "we can 'bulk buy' nutritional items and also ensure that the food items do not have allergy problems and are, in fact, nutritional. So, we always welcome donations."

All Grey and Bruce schools offer nutrition programs that serve over 12,000 children per day and are always looking for volunteers dedicated to the care of children.

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