The Township of Langley Firefightersâ€™ Charities Society is getting into snacking in a big way but not for themselves. They are helping kids get nutritious snacks.
Without adequate nutrition, kids may have a hard time staying focused in school.
The firefighter society is supporting the Food For Thought Campaign of the Langley School District Foundation.
â€œThe Langley School District Foundation is so grateful for our partnership with the Township of Langley Firefightersâ€™ Charities Society,â€ noted foundation executive director Susan Cairns.
â€œWith more than 3,000 students coming to school hungry every day, the fact that individuals, corporations, and associations are helping us out is so appreciated. You canâ€™t imagine what it means to our students, parents, and teachers to know that kids that need help are being looked after.â€
Jhim Burwell, representative with the Township of Langley Firefightersâ€™ Charities Society, commented that the societyâ€™s ability to support kids is a team effort.
â€œSave-On-Foods and Valley Traffic are huge partners,â€ he noted. â€œWithout them it really wouldnâ€™t have gotten rolling.â€
The snack portion of the Food for Thought campaign kicked off this month at Wix Brown and Parkside Elementary Schools.
â€œItâ€™s a pilot project with Wix Brown and Parkside,â€ said Burwell. â€œHopefully we will roll it out to all the Langley schools in the next few years.â€
Cairns noted the snacks include healthy granola bars, frozen yogurt sticks, fruit, and juice once or twice a week.
â€œThey are healthy snacks that are good for you,â€ she said. â€œThey [the kids] need some energy, especially when they come to school hungry.â€
A fire truck load of the nutritious snacks were delivered to both schools on Wednesday to kick-off the program.
There will be a consistent supply of healthy snacks for the students of the schools.
â€œItâ€™s part of a long term vision,â€ Burwell noted. â€œWe have a vision of a wider health and wellness program that includes components where firefighters take part in intramural sports and reading activities, or providing educational resources like computers. It will be a fairly comprehensive program in the long term.â€
â€œThey wanted to take that portion [the snack aspect] of the Food for Thought program on for themselves,â€ Cairn said of the firefightersâ€™ involvement.
â€œThe whole Food for Thought Campaign encompasses breakfast, lunch, and snacks. There are lots of other people involved in the whole Food for Thought Campaign.â€
The firefighter charity society has planned some fundraisers planned to provide financing for the food program.
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A clothing drive runs until Dec. 12. Parents, teachers, administrators and students are asked to bring gently used clothing to their schools, the Langley School Board office in Murrayville, or at the Murrayville, Aldergrove, Willoughby and Walnut Grove firehalls.