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Roquette and ROK join forces

By Brian Oliver, The Graphic

Martin Fregeau, Roquette Canada managing director (left), presents Lynne Parker, ROK Central executive director (right) with a donation of $24,000 last week in Portage la Prairie. (Brian Oliver/The Graphic)

Martin Fregeau, Roquette Canada managing director (left), presents Lynne Parker, ROK Central executive director (right) with a donation of $24,000 last week in Portage la Prairie. (Brian Oliver/The Graphic)

Roquette continues to make a significant impact on Portage la Prairie.

The French-based pea processing corporation – which employs over 8,000 people in 100 countries worldwide – presented ROK Central with a donation of $24,000 to support its recently-launched after-school program that aims to provide structured, predictable programming for less fortunate children while creating a foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating. 

“It's huge for us. It's unbelievable. We are so thankful,” says Lynne Parker, ROK Central executive director. “We're just overwhelmed to have received these funds from Roquette. We're going to do them proud by working with as many kids as we can.”

The program, that currently runs from 3:30-5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, will expand come December to operate from Monday-Thursday each week.

The program is set to cover the hours after school when parents are still at work and will focus on physical activities, assistance with homework and arts and crafts. Participating kids will take turns helping prepare snacks while learning why their culinary creations are considered a healthy dietary option. 

Moreover, twice a month the after-school program will hold a Cooking with Kids component that aims at providing participants with the foundation for lifelong healthy eating habits by promoting affordable meal and snack ideas. The component will also provide kids an opportunity to learn about foods from different cultures and help them improve their food preparation skills.

“It was an easy decision for us because the ROK program is very aligned with our core value, thinking globally and acting locally for the community,” said Martin Fregeau, Roquette Canada managing director. “This partnership provides a very real, local opportunity for us to deliver on Roquette’s mission to improve health and nutrition for people around the world. Just as with the plant investment in Portage, our partnership with ROK reaffirms our company’s ambition to be a leader in food, nutrition and health.”

For parents interested in having their child enrolled in ROK Central's after-school program or for more information, contact the outreach centre at 204-239 1645 or contact via Facebook at ROK Central.


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