L-R: South Nelson Elementary School principal Dan Rude, Rotarians Ainsley Mackie and John Ferguson, Grade 2/3 teacher Janis Chernenkoff, and Lakeside Montessori’s Sarah Kozlowski. Photo: Submitted

L-R: South Nelson Elementary School principal Dan Rude, Rotarians Ainsley Mackie and John Ferguson, Grade 2/3 teacher Janis Chernenkoff, and Lakeside Montessori’s Sarah Kozlowski. Photo: Submitted

Rotary Club of Nelson launches breakfast program at local school

The pilot runs at South Nelson Elementary through next month

Submitted by Rotary Club of Nelson

Rotary International’s theme of the year is People of Action. With COVID-19 restrictions impacting so many people in our community, the Rotary Club of Nelson looked around and said, “How can we help?”

Some local families have been challenged with lower incomes, job loss, navigating at-home learning and reduced social and extracurricular activities.

After speaking with early childhood educators and teachers in the Nelson area, concerns were raised that hunger is a very real issue for some children. The Rotary Club of Nelson proposed a pilot breakfast program in which simple and healthy breakfast items could be provided a few times a week.

The pilot program began April 20 and runs to June 18 with one classroom at South Nelson Elementary. A Rotarian will deliver a bin with a healthy assortment of breakfast items twice a week including yogurt tubes, fresh fruit, cheese strings and individual oatmeal packages. The food items are available to all children in the classroom.

All items will be purchased by the Rotary Club from Save-On-Foods and then donated to the school at no cost. The Rotary Club of Nelson has a longstanding partnership with Save-On-Foods, which has generously assisted the club on many occasions over the years.

Once the pilot program concludes, a determination will be made on the success of the program with consideration to provide the breakfast bins to other schools and classrooms next year.

Please support your local Rotary clubs by participating in their current online fundraising events. For more information contact any Rotarian or visit their Facebook page.