Yesterday was National Breakfast Day and to celebrate it momstown Milton invited the entire community to come join us for a complimentary breakfast courtesy of Kellogg's! Did you know that 1 in 10 Canadian children live in poverty and are at risk of starting their day without breakfast. That works out to be 637000 empty tummies per day - Unreal!
We wanted to help build awareness to these shocking stats and so in true momstown style we put together an Art and Play program focused around food and sharing so that we could educate our little ones in a fun and creative manner. Maribeth from Scribble n Splatter was kind enough to offer her Expressive Play Studio as the meeting point for our event. There was standing room only as the moms, tots and infants got right into making their keepsake place mats. Words of encouragement acknowledging that they were "taking their first steps towards fighting hunger!" and pictures of healthy foods were on hand to create a magnificent collage.
After all of their hard work, the group was invited to sit down and enjoy a complimentary bowl of Rice Krispies. Not only were we able to enjoy a tasty treat at the program, Kellogg's had also supplied us with 192 boxes of cereal to take home and distribute to friends and family in order to "pay it forward" and amplify the message. What a brilliant idea!
The kids could hardly contain their excitement when I brought out the "tons" of boxes that they would be taking home to share. We also had a special visit from the cookie monster who taught us about what good foods we need to consume to maintain a healthy balanced diet - not just cookies : )
We ended the event by dropping off the extra kits to the Halton Womens Place here in Milton. It felt great knowing that we were able to lend a helping hand locally!If you would really like to help stomp out hunger but were not able to make it out to today's program, you can still participate by visiting the Kellogg's site to share their video or purchase a specially marked box of cereal with a pin code. Kellogg's will donate up to $50000 to Breakfast for Learning and Breakfast Clubs of Canada.
A big shout out to Jamie Contarini for taking the pictures today and Rhonda Ursulak for lending a helping hand. You ladies ROCK!