About Regina Food For Learning
What We Do
Regina Food For Learning (RFFL) is a non-profit organization that has served in 33 different locations in the city in response to requests from the community. RFFL is Regina's largest child feeding program, providing services in Regina schools and neighbourhoods for over 28 years.
Thanks to our dedicated volunteers, we achieve nutritious meals at an average cost of $2.88 per lunch, $1.92 per breakfast and $0.96 per snack. We currently provide on average 11,150 nutritious snacks, breakfasts, and lunches to 865 students each month.
- To provide children in low-income communities with nutritious food.
- To provide children with a role model that exemplifies good eating and nutritional habits.
- To encourage children to attend school with a positive outlook for the day.
- To develop a sense of community and camaraderie.
- To raise awareness of the issue of child hunger within the larger community.
- To generate financial support and volunteers for Regina Food For Learning.
Child Hunger is a Reality in Regina
According to the South Saskatchewan Community Foundation's Vital Signs report, child poverty is a reality. The statistics are staggering.
- 11.7% of households in Regina experienced poverty in 2015.
- 18.5% of children in Regina live in poverty.
- 45% of Aboriginal children in Regina live in poverty.
- 30.5% 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 functioning.
- Hungry children are more likely to display behaviours, be absent and/or late for school.
- Students learn best when they are well nourished.
- Experiencing hunger impairs chilren's memory recall, math scores and are more likely to have behavioural, emotional and academic problems.
- It can affect their development and learning thorugh compromised dietary quality or quantity, psychological or emotional stressor and adverse effect on school engagement.
It is our goal to provide good nutrition to school age children, thereby enabling them to better function in their schools today and ultimately in society tomorrow.