Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Helps Students "Fuel Up"
The Fuel Up program is designed to ensure that all children in Edmonton area and northern Alberta schools attend class well nourished in order to improve their learning skills. A three-year grant from the Oilers Community Foundation will help fuel the program, which will provide grants to schools to help cover the cost of including a variety of foods from the vegetable and fruit food groups in nutritional feeding programs in northern Alberta schools.
In the recent “Report Card on Nutrition for School Children”, Alberta children scored a D grade in their vegetable and fruit consumption. Fuel up with Vegetables and Fruit will ensure that vegetables and fruit be served more often, providing a valuable source of many nutrients including vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that may help prevent disease.
“Breakfast for Learning Alberta has always advocated that fruits and vegetables be included in their funded school nutrition programs, but the volunteers who run the programs have often said that cost has been a barrier,” said Valerie Wilbur, Provincial Coordinator for Breakfast for Learning Alberta. “Fuel up with Vegetables and Fruit will help to address this issue.”
“We are committed to building healthy communities in Oil Country and providing our youth with a good foundation for learning,” said Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Executive Director, Darryl Lindenbach. “The Fuel up with Vegetables and Fruit program addresses all of our giving priorities – and we know that it will help to make a real difference in the lives of children.”
Since 2001, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation has worked to improve the quality of life in Oil Country through the support of a host of deserving organizations. The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation gives back in excess of $1 million annually to local registered charities who focus their activities on youth, education and health & wellness.