Union Gas Donates $2,500 To Henderson Secondary School For Nutrition Program

Hamilton, ON, March 20, 2017 - Union Gas helps over 300 students at Henderson Secondary School (HSS) start their day with a healthy breakfast, courtesy of a $2,500 grant towards the school's Nutrition Program.

Henderson Secondary School Presentation

From left to right-  Timothy Powell McBride , principal Nora Frances Henderson Secondary School; Dave Gardener, utility services manager, Union Gas;  Hala Nabhan and Keiley Deschamps (Nutrition student volunteers) and Matt McCully, utility services representative, Union Gas.

"At Union Gas, we share a commitment to the community and we work hard to be good partners in the more than 400 we serve across the province," said Dave Gardener, utility services manager, Union Gas. "That's why we support the Henderson Secondary School Nutrition Program, investing in the well being of our youth."

The Henderson Nutrition Program serves approximately 300 students, five days a week.  Students are served three of the four food groups every day through the assistance of fellow students, educational assistants and teachers.  There is a real sense of community that has developed every morning as the Henderson students "break bread together".   Numerous studies support the idea that when students nutritional needs are met, their attendance and academic success both improve. It is difficult to remain focused and learn when students are hungry and ultimately academic success leads to a stronger community.

"The generous donations Union Gas has made to Henderson's Nutrition Program over the years has allowed our program to experience much needed stability," states Sandra Holmes, Nutrition Committee Coordinator.  "Our mid-morning meal has become integral in meeting the nutritional needs of many of our students.  With Henderson's expanding ESL program, we have welcomed many new immigrants into our school community and this has increased our daily needs.  When students are hungry their academic success is affected in a negative way.  Full stomachs lead to more focused learning."

About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with over 100 years of experience and service to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across Ontario. Union Gas is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2017, and has assets of $7.2 billion and approximately 2,300 employees.  For more information, visit uniongas.com.

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For more information, contact:

Union Gas Limited
David Primorac
External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519 436-4600 ext. 5002058
djprimorac@uniongas.com

Henderson Secondary School Nutrition Program
Sandra Holmes
Coordinator, Teacher
Ph: 905-389-2234 Ext. 517
sholmes@hwdsb.on.ca

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