Foothills School Division (FSD) is contributing $50,000 to expand existing partnerships that support nutrition programs.
In collaboration with Alberta Health Services and local community partners, Foothills School Division is contributing $50,000 from its nutrition grant dollars to ensure that family nutrition needs continue to be met across the region. This is especially important in light of the current challenges many families are facing during the COVID-19 outbreak across Foothills County. Alberta Education has encouraged and empowered school divisions to continue using allocated nutrition funding to help feed students. FSD believes this is best accomplished through our existing community network and are providing funds to the following local organizations:
$12,500 – Salvation Army High River Food Bank
$12,500 – Food For Thought
$12,500 – High River Food Rescue
$12,500 – Okotoks United Church School Lunch Program
“We are honored to support local families by providing school nutrition dollars to existing programs that serve our students and families. These important community-based programs are best positioned to offer support through their existing infrastructure, volunteer networks and knowledge of the community. This partnership is an excellent example of Albertans helping Albertans and supporting each other through difficult times. We are proud to be a part of this and thank our community partners as well as AHS for their invaluable work.” said Chris Fuzessy, Superintendent of Schools.
Board Chair Larry Albrecht added, “FSD has offered both breakfast and lunch programs prior to the March 16 announcement which restricted student access into schools. We recognize that the nutrition needs of students remain and are committed to continuing to support families with food insecurities during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
We value the positive relationships we have with our families and thank our local community partners and AHS for their ongoing support. By working together, we can create and maintain safe, welcoming, and caring communities for all students.