ELGIN - EAT 2 LEARN PARTNERSHIP
HISTORY: The EAT 2 LEARN Partnership was formed in 2002 with a purpose of working together with schools, parents and local communities to help them understand, accept, support and deliver sustainable, unique Student Nutrition Programs. In working toward this vision, EAT 2 LEARN has dedicated itself to providing students in Elgin and St. Thomas access to and knowledge of healthy food choices. At all times, a consistent message of availability, universality and acceptance is promoted.
Schools may choose to operate a Breakfast Program, serving 3 of the 4 food groups from Canada's Food Guide, or a Snack Program, serving 2 of the 4 food groups with every program including a fruit or vegetable choice for students.
Benefits of Student Nutrition Programs:
- Increased nutrition knowledge
- Improved problem solving skills
- Better retention of information
- Longer attention span
- Reduced absenteeism and lateness
- Enhanced self-esteem, cooperation and social skills
- Opportunity to develop lifelong healthy eating habits
- Promoting community engagement
OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
Community support for our programs has been very strong and EAT 2 LEARN acknowledges the long standing support of the following donors:
- Breakfast Clubs of Canada
- Breakfast for Learning
- County of Elgin
- Elgin-St. Thomas United Way
- Green Lane Community Trust
- Ontario Student Nutrition Program - Ministry of Children and Youth Services
- The Retired Teachers of Ontario - District 41
- City of St. Thomas
- Dorothy Palmer Estate
EAT 2 LEARN NEWS
As of September 1, 2010, Bayham Community Initiatives assumed the role of host agency for the EAT 2 LEARN Partnership.
Presently, 36 schools are operating Student Nutrition Programs in our area serving more than 9,000 students each day. These programs are offered in both elementary and secondary schools in the Public and Catholic School Boards.
WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
EAT 2 LEARN provides ongoing training to volunteers and school staff assisting with our local programs. Topics include:
- Nutrition Guidelines
- Menu Planning
- Label Reading
- Food Safety
- Volunteer Recruitment & Retention
Volunteers play a vital role in the success of any Student Nutrition Program. Parents, grandparents, church members, seniors and community members all help to make up our volunteer contingent.
There are several ways that volunteers can get involved from cooking to grocery shopping, from fundraising to bookkeeping - we can put your special skills to good use.
For more information on becoming a volunteer contact the Community Devlopment Coordinator.
Charlotte McDonald, Community Development Coordinator
EAT 2 LEARN
P.O. Box 22009
RPO - Elmwood Square
St. Thomas, Ontario