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Noelle's Gift Helps Feed Young Minds

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Sarnia, ON – Thanks to the generosity of Noelle's Gift Foundation, a $10,000 donation to the Lambton Student Nutrition Advisory Committee (LSNAC) will provide vegetables and fruits for nearly 6,700 students at Lambton's 37 student nutrition programs.

"Words cannot express how much the donation from Noelle's Gift Foundation means to LSNAC," said Leslie Palimaka, Student Nutrition Coordinator with Lambton Public Health. "Noelle's Gift will have a healthy and meaningful impact on the lives of thousands of students in Lambton County for years to come, and will help reduce the funding gap at each school."

Currently, Ontario student nutrition programs receive 14 cents per student in provincial funding; however, the average cost for a healthy snack is $1 per student. Each nutrition program in Lambton will receive a pro-rated allocation from Noelle's Gift based on the number of students fed each day, and the number of days per week the program operates.

Student nutrition programs, operated by volunteers before school starts, or during scheduled class breaks, provide a healthy, nutritional environment in schools by:

• offering children and youth healthy food on days they attend school
• supporting efforts to improve eating habits of children and youth
• preparing kids for a full day of learning

LSNAC, with the support educators, parents and community partners, promote, educate and provide necessary resources to implement and maintain a successful nutrition program in every school in Lambton County.

For more information about the Student Nutrition Program, call 519-344-2062 ext. 2011, toll free 1-800-387-2882 or visit

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Leslie Palimaka
Student Nutrition Coordinator
County of Lambton
Telephone: 519 344-2062 ext. 2011