Food for Thought makes lunches for underprivileged elementary school students in Newmarket. Our group of Newmarket High School (NHS) student volunteers meets on Wednesday afternoons to assemble lunches that are delivered on Thursday mornings by Access Newmarket. Cobs Newmarket donates bread weekly. Each lunch has a sandwich and a snack. Each snack consists of a juice box, an apple, carrots, celery, and cookies. Last school year we made 1360 sandwiches and 1564 snacks. This year we will make 40 lunches and 6 snacks each week, though we are planning to expand our program to allow for more participating schools. It is important to the participants because it relieves financial stress for low-income families. We allow underprivileged people who are food insecure to get access to healthy food, which is a large concern for low-income families. A healthy lunch improves focus, helping students to learn and retain information better.
This program also gives amazing opportunities to our high school volunteers. For many students, Food for Thought gives a new sense of charity and community as they give their time to help elementary school students in the Newmarket area. As well,the volunteers take on new responsibilities and gain invaluable leadership and teamwork skills through assembling the lunches, buying the food, and coordinating with amazing sponsors like you! Food for Thought could not run without the contributions of our generous donors.
Funded by Newmarket, ON (September 2018)