March 27, 2003
(Human Resources and Employment)


Government to invest $500,000 in child nutrition

Ralph Wiseman, Minister of Human Resources and Employment, says Budget 2003 is contributing $500,000 to the Kids Eat Smart Foundation. This will assist the foundation in their program of starting and sustaining breakfast, lunch and snack programs in schools and community centres throughout our province.

"I am proud that government is supporting such a worthy and worthwhile organization. We agree with the Kids Eat Smart Foundation that children need nutritious food to be healthy and in order to grow and learn," Minister Wiseman said today. "I hope that this investment by government in the children of our province encourages communities and private corporations to continue to work together to ensure that every child in the province attends school well nourished and ready to learn."

The Kids Eat Smart Foundation, formerly known as the School Children’s Food Foundation, was formally initiated in 1994. Since then, it has helped establish more than 130 breakfast, lunch, and snack programs in schools and community centres throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. More than 4,000 volunteers are actively working in community-based groups to provide nutritious meals to more than 13,000 children daily.

Since 1998, government has made contributions totalling $2.5 million to Kids Eat Smart and the former School Children’s Food Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Media contact: Simon N. Lono, Communications, (709) 729-4062

2003 03 27                                        4:25 p.m.

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