Eric Langton Elementary has received a generous $2,750 grant from the Maple Ridge Community Foundation to support the school’s meal program.
The program feeds hungry children a nutritious breakfast and lunch, and also provides access to recess snacks as needed.
“We are thrilled that the Maple Ridge Community Foundation is supporting our program with this grant,” said school principal, Jennifer Simon. “Our school’s meal program doesn’t just lead to better health through improved nutrition, it also reduces financial and emotional stress on some of the families in our community. We know that children with full tummies are better able to focus on their schoolwork, and do well both academically and emotionally.”
Eric Langton’s meal program has been in place for over 20 years and relies on support from a number of community service providers, including The Caring Place and the Breakfast Club of Canada. The Maple Ridge Community Foundation grant will help the school work toward its goal of expanding this important program to 20% of the school population.
“It is generous community grants like this that help us ensure our students and our school community continue to thrive,” said Simon.