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LRSD receives $75K corporate donation

LRSD receives $75K corporate donation
Northback Holdings is providing $75,000 yearly, over the next several years, to fuel the bodies and minds of an additional 1,000 students.
Northback Holdings is providing $75,000 yearly, over the next several years, to fuel the bodies and minds of an additional 1,000 students.
IMAGE: Shannon Peace
Northback Holdings CEO Mike Young and community relations advisor Daina Lazzarotto give Raegan Lazzarotto a big thumbs up for her role in bringing awareness to food insecurity at Livingstone School. Raegan and Daina came up with a plan that led to an ongoing annual donation of $75,000 to support nutrition programs in the Livingstone Range School Division. A presentation was made Monday at the school and students were offered bagged takeaway snacks and yogurt to celebrate.
IMAGE: Shannon Peace
Northback Holdings CEO Mike Young and community relations advisor Daina Lazzarotto give Raegan Lazzarotto a big thumbs up for her role in bringing awareness to food insecurity at Livingstone School. Raegan and Daina came up with a plan that led to an ongoing annual donation of $75,000 to support nutrition programs in the Livingstone Range School Division. A presentation was made Monday at the school and students were offered bagged takeaway snacks and yogurt to celebrate.

LRSD receives $75K corporate donation

By Dave Lueneberg
By Dave Lueneberg
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Shootin’ the Breeze Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
March 7, 2024
March 7, 2024

As many as seven more schools in the Livingstone Range School Division will now be able to provide breakfast and nutritious meals for students, thanks to the generosity of one locally operating business.

Northback Holdings Corp. has announced it’s providing $75,000 each year, over the next several years, to help fuel the bodies and minds of an additional 1,000 students.

”Many of our students face food insecurity at home,” said Richard Feller, LRSD’s associate superintendent of human and learning services, in making the Feb. 5 announcement.

“Our nutrition program helps ensure students don’t have to be hungry and can focus on learning.”

While close to 1,000 students in the division are already being supported by funding from the province and the Breakfast Club of Canada, this contribution will supplement schools that didn’t otherwise receive extra grant dollars.

“The story behind [the donation] is one of our employees, her child had started to notice that some of her classmates weren’t bringing what you’d call a nourishing lunch to the school, and she asked if we could help,” Northback CEO Mike Young told Shootin’ the Breeze.

“I have a sister-in-law in Kingston, Ont., who did a program like this and I remember visiting the school, and it really resonated with me when our employee came to me. I didn’t hesitate.”

In its 2023 annual Raising Canada report, Children First Canada listed poverty as the sixth biggest threat to kids nationwide, stating that nearly 1.8 million children under the age of 18 were affected by food insecurity in 2022.

 

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As many as seven more schools in the Livingstone Range School Division will now be able to provide breakfast and nutritious meals for students, thanks to the generosity of one locally operating business.

Northback Holdings Corp. has announced it’s providing $75,000 each year, over the next several years, to help fuel the bodies and minds of an additional 1,000 students.

”Many of our students face food insecurity at home,” said Richard Feller, LRSD’s associate superintendent of human and learning services, in making the Feb. 5 announcement.

“Our nutrition program helps ensure students don’t have to be hungry and can focus on learning.”

While close to 1,000 students in the division are already being supported by funding from the province and the Breakfast Club of Canada, this contribution will supplement schools that didn’t otherwise receive extra grant dollars.

“The story behind [the donation] is one of our employees, her child had started to notice that some of her classmates weren’t bringing what you’d call a nourishing lunch to the school, and she asked if we could help,” Northback CEO Mike Young told Shootin’ the Breeze.

“I have a sister-in-law in Kingston, Ont., who did a program like this and I remember visiting the school, and it really resonated with me when our employee came to me. I didn’t hesitate.”

In its 2023 annual Raising Canada report, Children First Canada listed poverty as the sixth biggest threat to kids nationwide, stating that nearly 1.8 million children under the age of 18 were affected by food insecurity in 2022.

 

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