To date, RFFL has provided over 2.7 million lunches, breakfasts, and snacks!
In 2021, we provided 77,093 snacks, 22,276 lunches, and 5,854 breakfasts to 1140 students in 14 schools. The numbers are down slightly due to school closure in April.
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 function. 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 children's memory recall, math scores and they are more likely to have behavioural, emotional, and academic problems. It can affect their development and learning 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
All of these positive outcomes provide students with an opportunity to thrive in school and in our community.