Helping Kids When School’s Out

June 25, 2019

One way Edmonton’s Food Bank strives to meet the diverse needs of our community is by partnering with other charitable agencies. Some of our partners are schools whose students need assistance in receiving the nutrition needed to grow and learn. Throughout the school year, Edmonton’s Food Bank and our partner agency E4C support meal and snack programs at 55 schools in Edmonton During the academic year these schools can access food from the food bank to provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks to students in need. We call this our S.N.A.C.K. program – Supporting Nutrition for all Classes and Kids. It not only helps students get the nutrition they need but also enables them to learn better, which creates a brighter future for them in the years ahead. But what happens when school is out and these meal and snack programs cease?

Enter the “After the Bell” program offered in partnership with Food Banks Canada. This partnership is designed specifically to meet this need. This is the second year for the program and we are pleased to be taking part again. Edmonton’s Food Bank is getting 7,000 healthy food packs over the summer weeks, and we are distributing them various summer camps and youth centres that have programs dedicated to children in need. The program is supported by 33 national corporate sponsors who help make this program a reality.

Each food pack is filled with healthy child-friendly foods such as oatmeal, organic shelf stable milk, hummus and crackers and more. In addition, Food Banks Canada provided funds to supplement the packs with fresh fruit and vegetables.

If you would like to donate to support our work to feed those in need you can do so securely online here.

A full list of our agency partners (including schools) is listed in the back of our 2018 Annual Report.