Jackson receives grant

Jackson receives grant

Jackson is the lucky recipient of a $500 grant from Enderby and District Financial Valley First and the Grindrod Garlic Festival. The funds will go towards subsidizing healthy lunches for students from, as much as possible, locally sourced food. Principal Steve Drapala thanked the Garlic Festival and Enderby and District Financial for their support for this important work.

Seen above are (from left) Jackson Principal Steve Drapala, Ian Richardson of Grindrod Garlic Festival, Serena Caner of Shuswap Food Action Society and the Farm To School Community Animator for Kamloops and Salmon Arm, and Andrew Van Dokkumburg of Enderby and District Financial Valley First.

Each year the Grindrod Garlic Festival sponsors a $500 grant to a local school. One of the purposes of the society is to raise awareness about and promote local food and agriculture, as well as economically and environmentally sustainable farming practices. They also want to share this knowledge through local education initiatives and have been supporting a grant to schools for many years. In 2019, with many applications for the grant money, Garlic Festival member Ian Richardson, also a long time custodian for the school district but now retired, went out and found some other sponsors to help local schools. Enderby and District Financial have continued with this support.

Drapala noted about 150 students access the healthy lunch cafeteria per day. He said the cafeteria is operated by Shuswap Food Action with one paid employee and volunteers. The school’s leadership class also comes in and helps serve. He adds Serena Caner is doing an amazing job at bringing in funds to help with food security for students and is supporting local agriculture at the same time.