Regina Food For Learning (RFFL) is calling on all gardeners who have surplus produce looking for donations of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The local nonprofit has been feeding students for more than 30 years by providing healthy snacks and meals to schools with at-risk children and youth who have requested nutritional support.
Lin Gennutt, executive director of RFFL, said they are looking for just about anything when it comes to cool donations.
“We can break them up and use them in muffins or mini buns or breakfast cookies, stuff like that brings extra veggies into kids’ servings,” Gennutt said.
All food is prepared by volunteers on site, with schools picking up once a week.
Currently, she said, 14 schools are using the school feeding program which supports more than 900 students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12.
Gennutt said for the program, nutrition is top of mind at all times, in line with Canada’s Food Guide.
“We’re really proud of the quality and quantity of food we send to kids,” Gennutt said.
With the rising cost of food, the organization is struggling financially, and RFFL said these donations help it a lot in terms of costs.
“The more children we can feed, the happier we will be.”
Gennutt explained that she works in schools and in her experience, kids who show up hungry can’t concentrate.
“They can’t control themselves, their behaviors get worse, their attendance is poor, but once you feed them they settle down right away and they can get down to business and they feel like someone cares. of them,” she said.
Donations can be dropped off at the RFFL in the Core Ritchie Neighborhood Center from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.