NOW (Nutrition On Weekends) Program
The Rotary Club has engaged individuals, businesses and other organizations in funding and carrying out the work of this community program. There is a shared belief every child should be able to access an adequate amount of healthy food to thrive and achieve their potential as research shows hunger greatly impacts a child’s learning performance and behaviour in school.
On regular weekends, each child receives two breakfasts, two lunches and two snacks for a weekend (three on long weekends). The challenge is to provide as healthy a food choice as possible, accessible (easy to open for example) and at reasonable cost. During the closure of schools for the coronavirus pandemic, the weekly individual bags have been beefed up to cover 4-5 days and there has been occasional family bags of pantry supplies provided for each family.