The Surrey School Meal Program supports more than 4,000 hungry children. Through the breakfast and lunch program, students that come to school hungry receive nutritious and wholesome meals. This helps ensure they are better prepared to engage in their learning.
Children who participate in the breakfast and lunch program face a wide variety of daily challenges.
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There are breakfast programs at 52 elementary and secondary schools, which offer simple healthy breakfasts to over 1,300 students every school day. Through this program, teachers report better attendance, increased productivity and healthier and happier students.
There are 30 elementary and secondary schools in the Surrey district that currently offer lunch programs. These nutritional lunches are either made off site by a central caterer and delivered to the school or volunteer groups prepare and distribute lunch bags. Your support is needed as there is currently not enough funding to feed all the students who would benefit from this program.
At Zenterra, giving back to our community is an essential part of our identity. From sponsoring community foundations to our local schools, sports teams and our social and physical environments, we take pride in being an active participant in the communities we build in.
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Zenterra Cares central initiative is a collaboration with the Surrey School District 36 and their Surrey School Meal Program. The Surrey School District is BC's largest district with 125 schools and over 70,000 students. The Breakfast Program initiative provides breakfast to approximately 700 students a day, while the Lunch Program caters to nearly 3,000 daily. Zenterra advocates the importance of education and a healthy lifestyle, and believes all children should have an infinite access to both.
The Surrey School Meal Programs impacts more than 4,000 hungry children in Surrey on a daily basis. Through the breakfast and lunch program, students that come to school hungry are able to receive nutritious and wholesome meals. This helps ensure they are better prepared to engage in their learning.
Children who participate in breakfast & lunch programs come from families who may be facing a myriad of difficult circumstances.
Breakfast programs operate by invitation at 52 schools and program sites. In these locations, school and community volunteers offer a nutritious meal every morning. School staff have consistently reported that children identified for the program are immediately better prepared to learn, attend school more often, participate in class, and appear healthier & happier once they’ve connected with the breakfast program.
There are 31 schools and programs in the district that have lunch programs. Depending on the size of the school, lunch is either made off site by one central caterer and includes a cold entrée, drink & fruit or dessert, and is then delivered to the school, or a simple lunch of food itms like soup, tuna, sandwich, crackers, granola bars, fruit, vegetables and yogurt is provided in a grown bag version at the school by various volunteers.
The Zenterra Green initiative stems from the social responsibility aspect of our community philosophy. As builders of homes and communities, Zenterra continuously seeks opportunities to support our physical environment. We believe that trees and landscape add to the vibrancy of our neighbourhoods and cities, which is why we’ve partnered with the City of Surrey and created the Zenterra Tree Planting Initiative. Through funding and volunteering efforts, Zenterra Developments will contribute to the growing tree canopy of the City of Surrey.