Weekender Program For Kids

Helping Fill a Hunger in Our Community

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 Dec. 2018 the SSVP volunteers have packed over 15,000 weekend food packages. We now provide support to 17 schools and 263 students and yet still have 3 more schools on the waiting list.

Our goal is simple: To keep these children from going hungry on the weekends and remove barriers to academic success.

A special thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, parishioners and community donors.
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

Read  the Testimonials from educators that see first hand the difference Weekenders Program For Kids makes

St Vincent de Paul Ontario Council Article Detailing SSVP Brockville Weekenders Program (PDF)

Benefits of the Program

Research shows that healthy, well-nourished children learn better, are more likely to attend school and are better able to take advantage of educational opportunities.

A similar program in the U.S. shows the following benefits of the program:

  • Improved test scores
  • Increased attendance
  • Greater attention spans, and
  • Improved class atmosphere