The Frank Flaman Foundation has donated $50,000 to E4C’s School Lunch Program, which provides hot lunches in Edmonton’s inner city schools.
The program supplies nearly 2,300 lunches to students each day and ensures children get a third of their daily nutritional requirements. It costs $20 to feed one child for one week. Families are asked to contribute whatever they can through an anonymous double-envelope system but children receive a meal regardless of payment.
These lunches, professionally prepared and delivered to 12 high-needs schools, provide well-balanced nutrition for children and peace of mind for parents. The program also teaches students about good nutrition and introduces them to a full range of foods, many of which they do not eat at home.
According to E4C, every day several thousand Edmonton school children go to bed hungry and wake up hungry the next morning, making it hard for them to concentrate at school. Teachers indicate that with this program there is a positive influence on student behaviour, attendance, morale, concentration and learning ability. It has also enhanced the social climate at the schools and has improved eating habits.