Lacombe’s Cilantro and Chive supports Ècole James S. McCormick School’s breakfast program

Ice Cream Sandwich Program supports hungry students

If there’s anything that can land a smile on a face, it’s ice cream.

Staff from Cilantro and Chive had a fantastic time at Ècole James S. McCormick School in Lacombe today for the second pop-up sale as part of the new Ice Cream Sandwich Program.

With the help of some Grade 3 student leaders at the school, we scooped up roughly 150 ice cream sandwiches, all in support of the new breakfast program at JS.

In September we kicked off our new Ice Cream Sandwich Program which sees us supporting a new local school every three months. One dollar from every one of these treats sold in the restaurant is donated to the school, and until the end of February those dollars will go directly to the JS breakfast program.

Full proceeds from the pop-up sale are also being kicked back to the school.

This is the first year J.S. McCormick has had a formal breakfast program up and running. It started off feeding eight to 10 kids every school morning and has quickly grown to see over 60 children popping in to curb hunger pains and get them ready to learn.

Assistant Principal Craig Fullarton said, “Many students come to school hungry simply because their morning was too busy to eat. We have students who ride the bus for an hour so although they might have eaten before they left, they may still arrive to school hungry. Our program targets anyone who needs something in their belly because realistically, if they are hungry, learning is not going to be a priority for them that day”.

We all know food is expensive and the program is relying heavily on donations to purchase the cereal, yogurt, fruit, bread, butter and jam, and cheese, currently on offer every morning. Funds from the school recycling program are also being utilized for the breakfast program.

In March Cilantro and Chive will be on the road again scooping at another school.

-Submitted by Cilantro and Chive

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