School Nutrition Funds Disbursed to HPSD Families

School Nutrition Funds Disbursed to HPSD Families
Posted on 05/27/2020
High Prairie School Division is continuing to work with local partners to provide food security to its students. The Government of Alberta directed school authorities to find innovative ways to provide meals or food to students from their school nutrition funds while in-school classes are cancelled. “Ensuring our students do not go hungry while in-person classes are cancelled is of the utmost importance. We are giving non-profits and school boards the funds and flexibility to find solutions to provide meals or food for students as they learn at home. I commend their efforts to meet students’ needs during this challenging time”, read an April 2, 2020 media release from Education Minister Adriana LaGrange. The announcement further stated that "Those who are unable to continue their school nutrition program must direct their remaining funds to non-profits able to serve vulnerable students in their communities during this pandemic".

With the help of our school nutrition program partners, HPSD is disbursing purchase orders to division students and their families for grocers in our local communities. 

"HPSD families facing food insecurity are able to access purchase orders to help mitigate food security concerns", stated Divisional Psychologist Colin Collett. "Families are able to reach out to their child's school to set up a purchase order with partnered grocers in each of our wards to ensure the school nutrition program continues to meet the needs of our learners". Those partners are the New Horizon Co-op in Falher, Super A in High Prairie, Family Foods in Kinuso, and Sobeys in Slave Lake. To date, the program has provided over $47,000 to families across the division out of the $172,000 available. Joussard School's lunch program, which was part of a separate nutrition program, is disbursing their remaining dollars to families via gift cards for Freson Bros. in High Prairie and No Frills in Slave Lake.

"At the end of June, remaining monies will be distributed to local foodbanks", stated Deputy Superintendent Margaret Hartman. "Depending on the level of need, purchase orders can be arranged by our Wellness Coaches at each of our schools either as a one-time purchase or on a regular basis. We want to ensure every one of our students has the fuel they need to continue learning. We are very pleased that our partners at Alberta Education have permitted us to use this innovative approach to support our students and strengthen our communities".

High Prairie School Division would like to especially thank the school nutrition program partners in each of our communities for their continued support. 
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