Leadership with the Kenora District Services Board have funded 10 regional organizations with over $130,000, that all support to the well-being of youth in the area.

“Through our Child Poverty Reduction Reinvestment Funding, we can help make sports, recreation, and food security more inclusive, affordable and accessible for children and families in need through projects and programs that are local, community-based and demonstrate positive outcomes,” explains Sarah Stevenson, Director of Integrated Social Services at the KDSB.

The KDSB says funding provided through this program assists over 1,000 children annually across the district, with roughly 20 per cent of children meeting eligibility for assistance. This funding opportunity is provided solely by the Municipalities and Unincorporated Territories that comprise the KDSB’s Board.

“The COVID-19 Pandemic has had a tremendous impact on families and children across our District, especially low-income and working poor families,” says Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer of the KDSB.

“In these challenging times, we must make sure that we do all we can to ensure children and youth in our communities have equal opportunity to access these vital programs, and that we support community partners in making certain that children do not go hungry.”

In total, the KDSB will be providing $130,145 in funding to 10 regional organizations, including:

- $40,645 to the Northwestern Health Unit’s Nutiriton on Weekends program in Dryden, Sioux Lookout, Red Lake, Sioux Narrows/Nestor Falls, Ear Falls and Machin,
- $21,500 to the Rotary Club of Kenora’s Nutrition on Weekends program,
- $3,00 to Making Connections for Children and Youth in Dryden,
- $2,100 to the Ignace Nursey School Parent Cooperative,
- $3,150 to the Mary Berglund Community Health Centre Hub,
- $18,000 to Triple PLAY in Kenora,
- $7,000 to Ignace Public School’s Loonie Lunch,
- $4,000 to Beaver Brae’s PASS Program,
- $6,000 to the Minto Parent and Child Resource Centre,
- $7,000 in Red Lake’s KARE Kids are Recreationally Equal,
- $2,950 to the Ear Falls Child and Family Support Enhancement Program,
- $14,800 to the Sioux Lookout PRO Kids.