Did you know that over 11,300 children and youth in Ottawa go to school hungry every morning?
The Ottawa Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) wanted to do something about it. MPI’s Community Outreach Committee started volunteering in elementary schools across Ottawa with the Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) School Breakfast Program and last Thursday MPI held a Charity Auction and Dinner that raised $31,025.00 for the program. This will feed nutritious meals to over 11,300 hungry children and youth in 148 schools across Ottawa. Volunteers and members alike were exceptionally pleased with the final tally.
John-Michael Maharaj, MPI Breakfast Program & Event Organizer Volunteer explains, “8 years ago I was shocked to learn how many kids were going to school hungry. It’s amazing to be a part of the Ottawa School Breakfast program and to see our event grow over the years in support of this truly important cause.”
It is proven through research that students who are given nutritious breakfasts daily make significant improvements in learning, school attendance, behaviour and self-esteem. The Ottawa Network for Education’s School Breakfast Program strives to ensure that every child in our community has access to a healthy breakfast and that all children are given an equal opportunity to succeed at school.
In 2012, the MPI Ottawa Charity Auction raised over $26,000 for the Ottawa School Breakfast Program. Next year, MPI is excited to break its record once again.
Ottawa Network for Education is a member of Volunteer Ottawa. To find out how you can get involved with the School Breakfast Program and numerous other Volunteer Opportunities, please visit the ONFE page on the Volunteer Ottawa website.