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September 22, 2003

FOOD FOR LEARNING celebration supports nutrition programs
It’s no secret that when children start their day with a nutritious breakfast, they are better able to concentrate and learn at school. In Hastings and Prince Edward counties, FOOD FOR LEARNING programs feed breakfast and snacks to more than 3,500 students each week.

3rd Annual Celebration Breakfast
On Saturday, September 27th, the FOOD FOR LEARNING Committee is hosting its 3rd Annual Celebration Breakfast at Harry J. Clarke Public School in Belleville, at 9:30 a.m.

Community members are invited to attend and enjoy a nutritious breakfast. Keynote speaker for this event will be Heather Williams, R.D., Registered Professional Dietician and author of healthy lifestyle cookbooks. Also attending will be Larry Langdon, Director of Education for the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board, along with FOOD FOR LEARNING volunteers, parents, school board trustees, principals, teachers, students, and representatives from local businesses, community groups and government.

“We are excited about this celebration as it’s our opportunity to say thank you to the donors and volunteers who have made this program possible,” says Maribeth deSnoo, Executive Directior of the Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation. deSnoo also notes that, “An additional $10,000 in support this year will be necessary to ensure the continued success and growth of FOOD FOR LEARNING.

Four recognition awards—Individual, Community Organization, Faith Group/Church, and Corporate Supporter—will be presented to FOOD FOR LEARNING supporters to recognize their significant support and commitment to our nutrition programs.

The FOOD FOR LEARNING Committee extends a special thank you to the two organizations that make this celebration possible: 1) the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario – Hastings and Prince Edward, and 2) Procter & Gamble. Their financial donations subsidize the cost of this worthwhile event.

The FOOD FOR LEARNING Committee is sponsored by the Hastings and Prince Edward Learning Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board. Both the Foundation and the Board recognize that good nutrition affects a child's ability to learn. The FOOD FOR LEARNING Committee meets regularly to encourage development of school nutrition programs, and it encourages and recognizes community and volunteer partnerships.

Tickets and contact information
Tickets are $4 for adults and seniors, children under 12 are free if accompanied by an adult. There will be face painting and colouring for children. For tickets or more information, contact Kellie Brace, FOOD FOR LEARNING Co-Ordinator at (613) 966-9491, ext. 2232, or 1 800 267-4350, ext. 2232.