June 27, 2011
More than 40 members of the Burlington Professional Firefighters Association helped personally deliver the breakfast program at Ryerson Public School in Burlington last week.
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On June 21, the school’s kitchen was a whirlwind of activity as firefighters started the day early by slicing and dicing cucumbers, bananas and carrots, preparing bagels and filling bowls with cereal before personally serving the school’s students their healthy meals. The association teamed up with Halton Food for Thought, which administers the breakfast program.
Ryerson Public School started the breakfast program in March.
“Our Ryerson volunteers, staff and students were very excited to share breakfast together, as a way of highlighting our new breakfast program at the school,” says Ryerson Pubic School principal Brian Van Wyngaarden. “It showcased the value and importance of the breakfast program at Ryerson."
The goal at Halton Food for Thought is to promote the connection between healthy food choices and improved learning through the delivering of breakfast, lunch or snacks at school or community-based sites.
In total, the group runs 140 nutrition programs at 98 sites across the region - 59 of them include Halton District School Board sites - involving more than 1,400 volunteers and serving more than 21,000 students. During the 2009-10 school year, more than two million meals were served.