One breakfast at a time, The Salvation Army is making sure elementary students are getting the best possible start to their day. "Feed My Lambs" is a new school breakfast program in St. Albert, a small city northwest of Edmonton, for any children who missed out on breakfast. The breakfast bags are delivered to 14 elementary schools from both school boards, and they include a fruit cup and juice, with either a granola bar, oatmeal, or cold cereal options. The schools are also provided with gift cards to purchase milk for the cereal, or as an alternative to juice.
“Our goal is to make sure the kids have a nourishing start to the day with wholesome food,” says Kellie McTaggart, Community Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army in St. Albert. “They will do better in school and have more energy.”
This September was the inaugural month of the program with an incredible 3,520 bags prepared and delivered by volunteers and staff. There have already been inquiries about expanding the program to include junior highs and high schools as well.
“We’ve just started and already we have been asked if we could expand to include more schools, and add lunches and snacks,” continues Kellie. “There is a need here obviously, and we are doing what we can to meet it.”
To help and be a part of this new program by becoming a volunteer, sponsor, or by making a monetary donation, please call Kellie at 780-458-1937.
Photo: (L to R), Volunteers Liz Benoit and Deb Gallagher, Kellie McTaggart, Volunteer Christine McTeirnan, Majors Joanne and Terry Cook