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Holy Family Catholic schools get funds for nutrition programs

Holy Family Catholic School Division is one of 14 in the province that will be part of school nutrition pilot program. The board was selected to receive a $250,000 grant from the government, as it was determined to have one of the greatest needs.

$150,000 will go to St. Stephen’s School in Valleyview, where it will be used to support their free lunch program and purchase appliances like a new stove, freezer and toaster. Principal Jodie Chisholm says they’re grateful for the support.

“Teachers simply cannot compete with hunger in a classroom, so we will ensure that these funds go directly toward keeping students healthy and better able to focus in class.”

The other $100,000 will be used for the grab’n’go breakfast program at Holy Family School in Grimshaw. Food like egg scramblers, waffles, oatmeal and breakfast sandwiches are provided to 140 K to 6 students daily.

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The result of the pilot project across Alberta will be used to make decisions about school nutrition programs in 2017.

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