Louis Riel School Division (LRSD) expanded the work the division is doing to support families during these unprecedented times. More than a dozen divisional staff members have been busy packing food hampers at Dakota Collegiate Institute that will support more than 360 families in the division each week throughout the suspension of classes.
"We know people throughout our community are facing additional challenges in their lives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Darcy Cormack. Divisional Principal, and one of many involved in leading the coordination of the food hampers. "We wanted to be able to do something to help ease the burden many people face when trying to get enough food for their families."
The food hampers contain everything from canned fruit and fresh vegetables to pantry staples such as boxed cereal and bread.
LRSD bus drivers will be delivering the hampers out to families.
"Educator Assistants are natural born helpers," said Margaret Lapenskie, Frontenac School, Community Liaison Worker. "The team that has come together to put together these hampers have demonstrated the compassion, empathy and care that are hallmarks of staff members across our division."
While the deliveries of food are helping families stock their pantry, it is also providing a sense of caring and community during these turbulent times.
"On behalf of myself and family, we were deeply moved by the thoughtfulness on the part of you guys in this difficult time. My kids were so happy and they felt proud to be a part of your school. Thank you so much," said a parent from Lavallee school who received a delivery.
The division would like to extend a big thank you to Dakota Family Foods, Peak of the Market, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba and the individual donors who are supporting this important work.
Families in need are encouraged to reach out to your child's school for assistance. Inquiries regarding the hamper distribution program can be directed to the LRSD Board Office at (204) 257-7827.