Archive for December 2015
Brown paper bags are lined up on the counter in the foyer of the Charlottetown Centre. As students come through the doors, they pick up a bag to take with them to their classrooms. For many of them, they wouldn’t have eaten anything this morning if it weren’t for the Holland College Student Union’s new breakfast program.
Monday to Friday, student volunteers hand out healthy breakfasts in five Holland College centres and campuses across the Island.
The program is possible because of a donation of $5,000 from the PEI Credit Unions, according to Greg Gairns, General Manager of the Holland College Student Union.
“The demand for food from students is growing every year, and when the Credit Union heard about this idea, they initiated a partnership. This summer they agree to come on board, and we’re very grateful. Without the Credit Union’s assistance, we couldn’t get the program off the ground.”
“We are so pleased to partner with Holland College for the breakfast program”, said Doug Bridges from PEI Credit Unions. “Holland College has campuses and we have offices in many of the same locations, and the breakfast program is a way for credit unions to support students in need.”
The Student Union purchases the food at local grocery stores, and student volunteers put the breakfasts together each morning for the students.
The campuses involved are West Prince Campus, Waterfront Campus, Prince of Wales Campus, Tourism and Culinary Centre, and Georgetown Centre.