Kids enjoy a healthy snack at Sayward Children’s Health Hub. Photo contributed

Island Health supports Sayward cookbook project

A $12,000 grant from Island Health has been received by the Sayward Parents Advisory Committee (PAC) and the Sayward Children’s Health Hub.

The funds will support students to create a school cookbook and to purchase nutritious food for the free weekly school lunch program and the Hub drop-in program.

The cookbook project, in partnership with Sayward Literacy Now, will allow each child to design a cover and submit their favourite healthy recipes. Once complete, families and community members can purchase the cookbooks, each with a unique cover designed by a different student. Each week, one student’s recipe will be chosen for the lunch program and served to the 45 children that make up the entire student population. Profits raised from the sale of the cookbooks will cover much needed kitchen supplies for the PAC to continue the popular lunch program.

The project provides the opportunity for families to see what other families are eating at home, validate students’ healthy food choices and starts positive discussions. The volunteer PAC-coordinated free lunch program normally operates solely through fundraising, food discounts and donations and is heavily supplemented with volunteers’ own personal funds. The grant will provide an estimated 2,200+ meals to students.

For the cookbook project, send 1-2 recipes per child to saywardschoolpac@gmail.com or drop off at Sayward School front desk and include your child’s name on the recipe. For more information, contact Children’s Hub coordinator, Ann Vansnick at 250-203-8332. Sayward’s home schooled children up to Grade 6 are also encouraged to participate.

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