CALGARY – I Can for Kids Foundation has kicked off their 2017 campaign in style. Guest host Angela Knight from the Eyeopener CBC Radio show joined forces with I Can for Kids founders Sutton Garner and Bobbi Turko to launch their 2017 campaign. Calgary-area political fixtures such as Kent Hehr, the federal Minister of Veteran Affairs, the Honorable Brandy Payne, provincial Associate Minister of Health, and Ward 9 City Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra all attended. The CBC Do Crew helped assemble over 400 food packs for delivery to Calgary Save-On-Foods locations later in the day.
Starting April 28th, and running throughout the month May, I Can for Kids will be out and about in the community fundraising so they can reach their goal to provide 36,000 meals to hungry kids in Calgary this summer.
The model is beautifully simple, but the impact is so much more. “It may be just another meal to you and me, but to a hungry child we’re helping them feel valued and protected – that they matter. And we all deserve that,” states Sutton.
Calgarians can be a summer superhero and join Sutton in her fight to end summer hunger in our community:
- Make a donation at www.icanforkids.ca.
- Purchase a $5 I Can for Kids food pack at any Save-On-Foods location in Calgary during the month of May to donate to a hungry child.
- Purchase an Ocean’s or SunRype product at any Calgary Save-On-Foods location during the month of May, and they’ll make a donation to I Can for Kids.
- Help Rotary Clubs of Calgary collect 1,000 jars of peanut butter by dropping off your donation at any Calgary Save-On-Foods or Servus Credit Union location between May 6-14.
“Imagine spending your summer vacation worrying about where your next meal is going to come from,” says Sutton. “For many kids in Calgary, going hungry is a way of life, but it shouldn’t define their future. And if we can do something about it, we should. It’s the right thing to do.”
I Can for Kids and their agency partners are working hard to ensure our youngest, most vulnerable population receives the supports and resources they need. Together, they provide food packs to hungry kids in high-risk, low-income areas in Calgary all summer long. Each food pack contains a minimum of three meals and two snacks that require little to no preparation to help kids get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow throughout the summer months, preparing them to return to school ready to learn.
About I Can for Kids Foundation
Do you remember the last day of school when you were a kid and how excited you were for summer break? It’s the time of year for friends, fun and freedom. But for many kids in Calgary, summer is a time of anxiety, isolation and hunger. And for 13-year old Sutton Garner, that’s just not right.
School nutrition programs play a critical role in helping children build healthy minds and bodies. A meal received at school may be a hungry child’s only meal of the day.
Sadly, the majority of low-income kids who depend on subsidized nutrition programs during the school year do not have access to a free meal during the summer. In addition to the effects hunger has on a child’s physical, emotional and social health, missing out on necessary nutrition during the summer can put a child up to two months academically behind their peers at the start of the school year.
That’s what inspired Sutton to jump into action.
In 2015, along with her mom Bobbi Turko, Sutton founded the I Can for Kids Foundation. A Calgary-based charity dedicated to ending summer childhood hunger in our city, last summer I Can for Kids provided 30,000 meals to hungry kids across the city.
Just as learning doesn’t end when school lets out, neither does a child’s need for good nutrition. For thousands of kids in Calgary who depend on school lunch programs, summer can be their hardest and hungriest time of the year.
As the only agency in Calgary providing this type of service, I Can for Kids’ impact is profound:
“I never expected to find myself in a situation where having food would be a concern. My family and I have been through a whole lot in the last four months and sometimes in this journey I have found that we need extra help with food, clothing or basic items. We have been lucky enough to benefit from the I Can for Kids program, this program has saved us more than once. I do not know how we would have made it, especially through the summer, without I Can for Kids. They drop off with a friendly smile and a bag of food to help get through the week. What more could I ask! Thank you I Can for Kids I will never forget how you have helped my family!” – Brenda Strafford Centre client
Executive Director & I Can for Kids Co-Founder