COVID-19 Emergency Fund
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Help Feed Hungry Kids
Supporting the Breakfast Club of Canada
We know that kids need nutritious meals and we are absolutely committed to helping these organizations continue their critical mission despite school closures. We are grateful to Breakfast Club of Canada and our other partners who have joined forces with us to support our schools and students.
Mobilizing the talent of our partner organizations
“Right now needs are surging and we can’t let our kids down,” says Backpack Buddies Co-Founder Emily-Anne King. “Backpack Buddies is uniquely positioned to get food into the hands of those who need it most, on the ground, through our dozens of partnerships with local schools. These funds will ease the fears of hungry families, who know we’ll be there to help them through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We appreciate the long-time support of Save-On Foods, who understood our mission and have supported us from the beginning,” says I Can for Kids Executive Director Bobbi Turko. “I Can for Kids was formed to help feed hungry kids during the summer months when they can no longer access school nutrition programs, and because of this global crisis, their summer break has started months ahead of schedule. With help from Save-On-Foods and Breakfast Club of Canada, I Can for Kids and our agency partners can safely deliver more support to kids in need wherever they are in our community today, and in the weeks and months ahead.”
“These exceptional times have prompted an exceptional response from grocery retailers to help hungry kids, including this current effort by Save-On-Foods which will help them continue to access vital nutrition. There’s every likelihood we will also have an even greater number of hungry children who will require support when school resumes. We’re grateful to the public that have supported efforts to date and will continue to prioritize children at this time of need,” says Shaun McKenna, Executive Director of The Grocery Foundation.
“BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation has developed a strong collaborative approach with farmers, distributors, health and education partners for sustainable delivery of healthy BC grown fruit, vegetables and milk to over 90% of schools around the province for over 15 years,” remarked Executive Director Pat Tonn. “Kids need nutrition to grow, learn and prosper, and we are proud to partner with organizations and people who make that happen.”
“Every month in BC close to 100,000 individuals regularly need the services of our community food banks, said Laura Lansink, Executive Director, Food Banks BC. “Of these 1 in every 3 is a child. Healthy nutritious food is vital to every child to give them the best chance of success in life. Food banks are working to ensure no child ever has to face hunger and we are pleased to be able to lend our resources, including advice and programming support, to this coordinated effort to get immediate relief to school children facing a new, urgent and unique need.”
“We believe food insecurity in BC is avoidable, and fixable when we all work together. Our role at FoodMesh is devoted to using technology to safely match good food to where it’s needed most, helping an online network of 500+ businesses rescue and distribute more than 350,000+ meals each month via our platform,” says Jessica Regan, CEO of FoodMesh.