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September 10th, 2018 marked the start date of our second year for Mindful Munchies. We are serving 20 schools/agencies with approximately 1600 lunches a week.
Our goal is to ensure healthy food is provided to our children and youth to enhance their future success.
During the fall of 2017, The Lethbridge Food Bank, in partnership with My City Care, began the Mindful Munchies program, providing students in need nutritional food items to help students and youth succeed in the classroom. The program started with 11 schools and agencies and 600 lunches a week. However, within a few months, that number grew rapidly to 16 schools/ agencies and close to 1,100 lunches a week. As of September 10th, 2018 our number grew once again, now serving 20 schools/agencies with 1450 lunches a week.
“Our organization knew that child poverty is a real thing, and we wanted to take part in removing barriers and aiding our children and youth.” Said Maral Kiani Tari, Executive Director of the Lethbridge Food Bank. “Within in our foodbank numbers, out of the approximately 1600 individuals that we serve on a monthly bases, 40% are children. We wanted to provide our children and youth with an opportunity to succeed in their future and to support agencies who are investing in our children’s future.”
Preparation and delivery of the lunches are scheduled twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays. Each delivery consists of two days’ worth of food. Food items include Fruits and Vegetables protein sandwiches, yogurt drinks, string cheese and a granola product. Lunches are prepared and packaged at the Lethbridge Food Bank and delivered by My City Care volunteers on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Jen Tribble, Executive Director of My City Care, states, “This has been a pioneering year for this program in our community, and it would not have been possible without the dedication of our volunteers; they are amazing. There have been bumps along the way, but we are excited to go into this second year and really make an impact in these students lives.”
The program heavily relies on the support of the community both financially and through volunteerism. Our community supporters include the following United Way of Lethbridge & South Western Alberta, 100 Companies that Care, 100 Women Who Care, Private community donations and Lethbridge Food Bank’s own Care for Kids Golf Tournament.
volunteers are always a need for this program. Currently driving volunteers are needed to deliver lunches to schools and agencies. For any community members interested in volunteering please, contact one of the agencies below:
To volunteer, please contact [email protected]
For more information, Contact Maral Kiani Tari at [email protected]