Students from North Cottage High School and Safe-On-Foods management and staff gathered Friday to celebrate the two-week Toonies for Tummies campaign. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Community fundraising helps to feed Red Deer students

Toonies for Tummies runs until Feb. 19

Hungry Red Deer students continue to rely on support from the community and local businesses through programs such as Toonies for Tummies now on at Save-On-Foods.

Nicola Golby, associate superintendent of learning services for Red Deer Public Schools, said most school breakfast, or snack programs, are funded through community partnerships. Three schools are also funded by a nutrition grant from the province.

“What the teachers find is when students are not focused on food and security, and always worrying about where their next meal will come from, they’re in a better position to learn,” Golby said.

“If we’re consistently able to provide breakfast for our students, it just takes away that fear and anxiety that they have to come to school hungry.”

She said students are more settled and focused in class, with less behavioural problems, when they aren’t hungry.

Related:

Nutrition program a hit at Fairview school

Debt a concern for many, says RDC student president

This week, both Save-On-Foods locations in Red Deer kicked off their Toonies for Tummies campaign to raise money for North Cottage High School to run a breakfast program.

Toonies for Tummies started Thursday and will run until Feb. 19. Save-On-Foods will match all donations made in the stores, up to $15,000.

Save-On-Foods north has been involved in the campaign for three years. Last year, the store raised $3,704.

Ernie Cordonier, Save-On-Foods north store manager, said Toonies for Tummies helps customers and the grocery store give back to the community.

Across the country, Save-On-Foods raised $250,000 in 2019.

Jeanette Countryman-Smith, the school’s office manager, said the breakfast program wouldn’t exist without Toonies for Tummies.

Usually, 17 out of the school’s 20 students are regularly fed breakfast. Sometimes, they get a hot meal, but there is always staples such as toast and cereal available.

“A good breakfast for kids gives them the energy to keep focused and have a good day at school,” said teacher Bryan Burley.



szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Food Bank

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Students from North Cottage High School and Safe-On-Foods management and staff gathered at Save-On-Foods north Friday to celebrate the two-week Toonies for Tummies campaign. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Just Posted

Red Deer COVID-19 cases reach 20

Red Deer now has 20 cases of COVID-19, an increase of three… Continue reading

A message from the Advocate publisher

In good times and bad, The Red Deer Advocate has been here… Continue reading

Staff at the Central Alberta Humane Society are ‘bracing for more pet dumpings’

Lay-offs and pandemic measures could take a toll on pets

List grows of central Alberta municipalities laying off staff because of pandemic

Lacombe announced it was laying off one-third of staff

Red Deer men whose trailer home destroyed by tragic fire moving on

Trailer home residents asking for a little help from volunteers to clean up the trailer site

WATCH: Firefighters, RCMP help Red Deer boy celebrate 3rd birthday

Firefighters and RCMP officers helped a Red Deer boy celebrate his third… Continue reading

Alberta Health Services provides COVID-19 prevention tips

Alberta Health Services has a number of recommendations for people amid the… Continue reading

Alberta government website has latest COVID-19 statistics

Red Deer Advocate readers can stay up to date on the COVID-19… Continue reading

Alberta’s energy war room to spend only on ‘subsistence operations’ due to COVID-19

Alberta’s energy war room to spend only on ‘subsistence operations’ due to COVID-19

A message from Waskasoo Medical Clinic

A Message From Waskasoo Medical Clinic Waskasoo Medical Clinic (including our walk-in… Continue reading

Father of Humboldt Bronco disappointed Saskatchewan has relaxed trucking rules

Father of Humboldt Bronco disappointed Saskatchewan has relaxed trucking rules

Alberta education minister resists Opposition calls to rescind mass layoffs

Alberta education minister resists Opposition calls to rescind mass layoffs

Alberta Medical Association calls health-care changes irresponsible during pandemic

Alberta Medical Association calls health-care changes irresponsible during pandemic

Crosby, McDavid favourites again in NHLPA annual poll

Crosby, McDavid favourites again in NHLPA annual poll

Most Read