We received funding in the amount of $54,340.00 from REACH (Regina Education and Action on Child Hunger) for the 2017-18 school year. This was in response to our total budget of $163,100.00. REACH is the umbrella organization which oversees several feeding programs in the city. We also received a grant from the Community Initiatives Fund in the amount of $25,000.00 in 2017 and have been granted $25,000.00 from them for 2018.
We pride ourselves in our money management skills. Our costs are kept extremely low by a number of factors. Most importantly our labour costs are minimal due to the dedication of our volunteers. Our office space is donated by REACH and our food storage, kitchen and distribution space is donated by the City of Regina at the Core Ritchie Community Centre. Our menus and the grocery items we serve are first class. We purchase the majority of our groceries, although we do have what we call a "Wish List" of grocery items that we circulate to our donors. Some donors contribute food products from the "Wish List". Thanks to our dedicated staff and volunteers, we achieve nutritious meals at an average cost of $2.98 per lunch, $1.99 per breakfast and $0.99 per snack. We feel this is quite an accomplishment for the nutritional value of each lunch. The costs include all of our expenses from the apples to the auditor.
Our feeding program relieves hunger and improves diet quality. Well-nourished children are more likely to receive the full benefits of their education.