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Also all of the existing perishable break- fast foods, including cheese, yogurt, cereal bars, bread, and other items already bought and available will be donated to the food banks, with the understanding that these donations are dedicated to families with school-aged children. “The donations will help our students fuel their learning at home during a time of social distancing,” stated Matt Raby, UCLCET executive director. “We want to ensure all our students are well cared for during this unusual time, and that they’re prepared to learn when they return to class.” Food donations were divided among the Hawkesbury Central Food Bank, the Rockland Help Centre’s food bank operation, Operation Harvest Sharing in Brockville, the South Gren- ville Food Bank in Prescott, Agape Centre in Cornwall, and the Gananoque Food Bank.
With schools closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, one Eastern Ontario school board has decided to help out local food banks with its school- nutrition program supply. The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB), in cooperation with the Upper Canada Leger Centre for Education and Train- ing (UCLCET), will donate the supplies from its school nutrition programs to food banks within its operations area to help families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are happy that the food and funds that go into these programs will continue to be used as they were intended,” stated John McAllister, UCDSB board chair. “There are a number of children that rely on these programs, and a number of families that already rely on our community food banks. We hope that diverting this funding and the food will help alleviate some of the added pressure that is being felt by these vital community services.” The UCLCET is a non-profit agency, funded through the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. It operates the school nutrition program for the UCDSB, and other school districts, both English and French and including the Catholic districts, within the Eastern Ontario region. The agency, with the support of the school districts, is reallocating program funding to assist local food banks to purchase foodstuffs for their shelves. SIX CHILD-CARE CENTRES FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS Essential service workers now have six child-care centres available to them as they maintain front-line service for resi- dents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) announced Friday (May 8) that it now has arranged a total of six emergency child-care centre operations to support front- line workers providing essential services for Prescott-Russell residents during the current pandemic situation. Use of the centres is free of charge to people classed as “essential service per- sonnel” according to the provincial govern- ment’s list. This includes those who work in hospitals and long-term care facilities, as paramedics, police, and firefighters, and in various food service industries such as grocery stores and restaurants which provide take-out or delivery service. The complete list is available at www.ontario.ca/laws/ regulation/200051. Daycare services are available at the Cen- tre éducatif Les Petits trousers locations in Limoges (525-A Limoges Road), Pleasant Corners (4099 Highway 34, Vankleek Hill), Wendover (3250 Principale Street), and Plantagenet (260 Main Street). The phone number for the four locations is 613-807- 1566. Daycare services are also available at Bhakta Prahlab Montessori Daycare in Russell (1122 Concession Street, 613-668- 6320, email@example.com) and Ste-Trinité Municipal Daycare in Rockland (879 Saint- Joseph Boulevard, 613-809-2895, clamou- firstname.lastname@example.org).
With schools closed, that means no students getting their lunches at the school cafeterias. The Upper Canada District School Board will donate all the perishable foods provided for its schools nutrition program to local food banks in Eastern Ontario to help families of students who need help getting through the COVID-19 pandemic situation. —stock photo
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