COVID-19 Grocery Gift Card Drive
As you know, I Can for Kids takes food directly to kids - wherever they are in our city. Usually, we distribute food packs through our agency partners. With the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve had to adapt so we can provide immediate and meaningful solutions to support children and families that are affected today and through the summer. With your support and that of our agency partners, we are now distributing $50 grocery gift cards to thousands of children and families facing immediate food insecurity.
We have already delivered over $552,000 in immediate aid and will continue our efforts through the summer. If you can give, please do. 100% of your donations during the crisis will be used for this program, and every dollar will make a difference to hungry children in Calgary today and in the weeks and months ahead. A $50 donation gives a grocery gift card to a family in need.
Kids Need Food to Bloom
Kids in Calgary go hungry during breaks from school, but they don't have to.
I Can for Kids supports thousands of children and youth impacted by hunger in Calgary every year. By working with local experts and our community, we feed the hungriest kids where they live and play.
Support Local Kids
We are locally founded, locally funded, and locally focused. Our kids-first, partner-powered model ensures every dollar donated goes further and goes where it’s needed, feeding thousands of hungry kids in our community. All kids deserve hope today and a chance for a better tomorrow.
Food starts it all for our kids, because fed kids can thrive. They learn and develop better, feel more connected to their peers and community, and are healthier now and as adults.
Sadly, thousands of Calgary’s kids still go hungry during breaks from school, because our current support system has cracks that make access to food unreliable and insufficient during the summer. Their hunger impacts their physical and mental health, limits their concentration, inhibits their learning, and makes it difficult for them to thrive in social settings.
We work to ensure our kids don't trade in their dreams for hunger today.
In 2019, with your help, we supported over 24,000 hungry children in 50 communities across the city. This year even more are at risk of going hungry and we need your help more than ever.
THE NICE THINGS PEOPLE SAY
“I am so grateful on behalf of Bethany Chapel to be able to partner with you to extend that hope to families where there already is anxiety and other issues, financial or emotional that they deal with. With this support of food and gift card, they are able to breath just a bit easier.”
- Mary D., Bethany Chapel
“I have worked in collaboration with the I Can for Kids program for many years and have seen firsthand the positive impact it has had on the families I serve at Patch. During these challenging times, I Can for Kids has been an incredible support in aiding the families we support to provide food and basic needs to their families. Thank you!”
- Patch Staff
“As a volunteer and concerned community member I have been very impressed by this gift card program. I have personally seen the positive response of parents to receiving a gift card to help with food for their children (from a safe distance). During this pandemic many families are under stress and for single parents there is no one to help share the burden whilst living in isolation. The cards help these people not only access food but serve as a reminder that they are not forgotten and that they are viewed as valuable members of our community.”
-Barb E. - Community Volunteer
“I just wanted to share our immense gratitude for the gift cards I Can for Kids has given our organization. While we have many individual stories to share, there are two significant things that stand out for us; one is our ability to buy milk, eggs, butter and other essentials so single moms and dads do not have to go to stores to purchase these items putting themselves and children at risk. Secondly, the look of appreciation on faces when we give a gift card to individuals and families who are able to go to a grocery store and choose their own supplies. It is so heartwarming and rewarding. They are sooooo grateful! Thank you!”
- Lynn M., SE Calgary Community Resource Centre
“As always, your smiling faces continue to be a beacon of light in the storm of COVID. Thank you again for all you do, and all you inspire others to do. This is just one of the many stories from the families that we have been able to support from your generous donations to the William Taylor school.”
“The food hampers and gift cards have really been helpful during this pandemic and without the help we would have really struggled to get by. My family and I greatly appreciate all the help and we don’t know what we would have done without it. The food hampers and gift cards helped relieve the stress and was just one extra thing off my plate that I didn’t need to worry as much about. Thank you so much for all of the support.”
Our 2020 Sponsors
Feeding Hungry Kids Takes a Year of Working Together.
Though our story culminates each summer, feeding Calgary’s hungry kids is a story that takes all year to tell. Each September, we begin a new fund to feed kids the following summer. With demand in our city higher than ever and growing, in summer 2020 we need to raise even more to provide kids in our communities food to bloom.