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Money paid for parking helps feed students

feed-meter2Paying for parking while holiday shopping in Picton, Belleville and Trenton will raise funds for student nutrition programs.

Food for Learning’s ‘Feed the Meter’ campaign as local municipalities have offered free parking in the downtowns for the month of December. Those who continue to “feed the meter” will be making a donation in support of Food for Learning’s breakfast, snack and lunch programs in local schools.

Students use the program for a variety of reasons – long bus rides, lack of food available at home, early morning sports practice and a lack of appetite first thing in the morning are just a few reasons why students arrive at school hungry.

Regardless of the reason, all students are welcome to regular access to nutritious food and having healthy meals and snacks at school on a daily basis will increase their chance of success in the classroom.

The programs are available in most schools with 176 breakfast, lunch and snack programs throughout Hastings and Prince Edward counties.

“We want to increase the chance of success at school for our students,” says Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Director of The Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation. “Hastings and Prince Edward Counties has the second highest rate of food insecurity in the province of Ontario. Food for Learning programs are necessary for the students in our area. We know that children learn better when they are properly nourished. And by providing a breakfast, snack or lunch to a student who would otherwise go without, we help improve their ability to concentrate and focus on their learning The benefits of participating in a student nutrition program are immeasurable. Many students depend on our programs for their daily nutrition. Feed the Meter allows us to continue to provide quality food choices for all students.”

All proceeds of the Feed the Meter campaign are returned to the schools in the communities where the funds were raised and will be used to purchase groceries for the various programs in those communities.

This year’s goal for the Feed the Meter campaign is $30,000.

Feed the Meter is sponsored in Prince Edward County by Prinzen Ford, the Prince Edward Federation of Agriculture and the Rotary Club of Picton.

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