To date, RFFL has provided over 3 million lunches, breakfasts, and snacks!
In the 2022-23 school year, we provided 103,658 snacks, 26,862 lunches, and 9,236 breakfasts to 948 students in 14 schools. We are very proud of the quantity and quality of food we provide to hungry students.
According to the Univerity of Regina’s Saskatchewan Child and Family Poverty Report 2021, child poverty is a reality. The statistics are staggering.
- 26.1% of households in Regina experienced poverty in 2019
- 20% of children in Regina live in poverty
- 45% of Aboriginal children in Regina live in poverty
- 49.1% of single-parent families in Regina live in poverty
In Regina, 45% of Food Bank users are Children! From the review of Children’s Health and Behaviour by Pediatrics and Child Health, the results of food insecurity show:
- Child hunger is related to poor health outcomes
- Have almost a third greater risk of being hospitalized
- Are more likely to have multiple chronic conditions
- Are two times more likely to experience persistent symptoms of hyperactivity/attention deficiencies
Children deemed food insecure at kindergarten experience impaired performance in math, reading, and social function. Hungry children are more likely to display behaviours, be absent, or be late for school. Students learn best when they are well-nourished. Experiencing hunger impairs children’s memory recall, and math scores and they are more likely to have behavioural, emotional, and academic problems. It can affect their development and learn through compromised dietary quality or quantity, psychological or emotional stressors, and adverse effects on school engagement.
Good nutrition is the foundation for a healthy life. Our nutrition program helps improve:
- Health and development
- Learning ability
- Social interactions
These positive outcomes provide students with an opportunity to thrive in school and our community.