Lunch drive sees near 50% increase thanks to Libro Credit Union

An apple a day keeps the doctor away — and helps students succeed in school.

That’s the idea behind Eat 2 Learn, a community program to put healthy food in local classrooms. On Wednesday 452 lunches were distributed across St. Thomas and Elgin County as a Brown Bag fundraiser for the program, one that helps students across the region.

The increase — nearly 50 per cent more than 2017 — will help fund healthy snacks and breakfasts handed out to schools in rural Elgin County and urban St. Thomas. All but one public school in the region participates in the program.

Staff members at local partners like Libro Credit Union were happy to kick in a few dollars each for lunch.

“Some of the staff members kids are actually involved in these programs,” said Jason Dearing, branch manager at the local Libro Credit Union. “And they didn’t even realize this was the program their kid was involved with.”

The Eat 2 Learn program aims to bridge the gap many students have. It is estimated as many as one in three elementary school students do not get the nutrition they require every morning.