2017 Zal and Rose Breakfasts – December 12 & 13
“Together they committed themselves to make Kingston a vibrant place to live”
The Zal and Rose Yanovsky Breakfast Fund, in memory of Zal Yanovsky and Rose Richardson, supports school breakfast programs for children in Kingston and area. Zal Yanovsky and Rose Richardson were two of Kingston’s best known and beloved citizens. Zal was larger than life, Rose was his anchor. Together they committed themselves to make Kingston a vibrant place to live. They generously donated their time, talent and energies to giving back to their community.
Zal died very suddenly in 2002. Rose was passionate about making sure that kids in schools had nutritious meals. So a group of friends, colleagues and loyal patrons of Chez Piggy and Pan Chancho and launched the Zal School Breakfast Fund, an endowment fund with the Community Foundation of Kingston in 2004. Rose lived long enough to see the success of the breakfasts. She died in 2005. Zal’s daughter, Zoe, is carrying on the tradition of Rose’n Zal, the breakfasts are now tradition in December of each year.
The endowment fund continues to grow and the legacy of Rose’n Zal lives on by helping to feed thousands of children each year. Click on the link to watch a video about Zal and Rose Yanovsky Breakfast Fund.
Tim Brown, Executive Director of the Food Sharing Project gave us this update:
- Last school year –from September 1st, 2016 to June 30th, 2017 we provided food for over 815,000 healthy & nutritious snacks and meals for students in KFL&A.
- That equates to 385,000 breakfasts, 299,000 snacks and 131,000 lunches.
- We support nearly every school from Kingston to Napanee, and as far north as Cloyne –north of Sharbot Lake.
- With recent school amalgamations, our number of schools has dropped to 87 schools,
- The number of kids fed has increased to 14,947 fed in the last year.
As you can see, this program continues to expand and have a positive impact on the lives of students in our communities.