$13,270 Raised to Support St. Vincent de Paul Weekenders Program!
Brockville – Boardwalk Dental Care hosted their 12 annual ‘Charity Day’ on Friday, raising a total of $13,270 for the St. Vincent de Paul Weekenders Program.
The funds were raised through the annual BBQ and Bake Sale, as well as Boardwalk Dental donated all dental care revenue from the Friday to the cause.
One hundred percent of the funds raised will go to the Weekenders Program.
The Weekender Program for Kids provides nutritious meals – on weekends – to underprivileged kids in our community. Children in the program are provided with a selection of food items each Friday to take home with them. This is an amazing program that is helping so many.
A quick survey of the elementary schools Leeds and Grenville in 2015 indicated over 200 JK to Grade 6 students experience a nutritional gap on the weekend, meaning they don’t have enough food to meet their needs. During the week these same kids benefit from school breakfast and/or lunch programs, but oftentimes their families do not have enough food to meet their nutritional needs on the weekend. That is where we come in!
Starting in Dec. 2015 the Weekender Program for Kids began partnering with St. Francis Xavier Catholic School in Brockville. We provided the children in the program with a selection of food items each Friday to take home with them.
From Dec. 2015 to Mar. 2017 the SSVP volunteers have packed over 2,000 weekend food packages. With our commitment to our current 8 schools, we will pack another 2,200 food packages by the end of June 2017.
Weekender Program For Kids bags ready to get to the the kids:
Below is a listing of what we currently put in a typical weekender food package:
Canned Pasta – 1
Apple & Orange Juice Drink Box – 1 ea.
Fruit Gummies – 2
Granola Bars – 2
Cheese & Cracker – 2 pks.
Soup Mix – 1 pk.
Pudding – 1
Apple Sauce Cup- 1
Instant Oatmeal – 2 pks.
Rice Crispie Treats – 2
How The Weekender Program For Kids Works:
Our Partner schools recommend the students who typically don’t bring a lot of food from home during the school week, or children whose families they know are struggling and could use a hand up. The school then gets consent from the parent or guardian of these children in order to enroll them in the Weekender Program for Kids