1,300 kids in Hamilton have limited or no access to food each weekend.
That alarming statistic was shared with students at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Elementary School by Tom Flood from FOOD4KIDS Hamilton, who visited grade 1 classes prior to March Break.
Looking for a meaningful way to implement the ‘serving’ pillar of its school improvement plan, Grade 1 teachers Netta Morrone and Marco Capretta reached out to Flood, FOOD4KIDS’ “Rockstar” of Community Relations. Flood not only talked about local food needs, but explained how the agency works to address the problem.
After learning that soup and canned tuna were items in greatest need, the students collected boxes and boxes of the canned goods, which were picked up on March 7.
“Jesus is surely smiling upon you,” Principal Catherine Van Balkom thanked the Grade 1 students. “Because of you, students from one of our local schools will go home with bags of food so they do not go hungry over the March Break.”
Reflecting on their many acts of goodness, she added, "We are giving many opportunities to build empathy in our children so that when they do go out in the world they will be joyful disciples!"
FOOD4KIDS currently distributes 1,200 healthy food packages in 60 schools in Hamilton. 100 children remain on the wait list.