We believe no child should go hungry, especially over the summer.
Hunger affects everything we do. We have a harder time concentrating, we don’t feel good and we behave differently. For most people, skipping a meal is hard enough, but for kids who rely on being fed at school, summer hunger can have a devastating impact on their physical, emotional and social health, and delay their academic performance by up to two months at the start of the school year.
For many kids, summer will be their hardest and hungriest time of the year.
Every child wants to feel valued and protected, to know that if they fall someone will be there to catch them. So when my mom and I learned thousands of kids in Calgary who rely on school nutrition programs go hungry during the summer, we knew we needed to do something.
In 2015, we created the I Can for Kids Foundation – a Calgary-based charitable organization whose mission is to end summer childhood hunger in our community. With the co-operation of our dedicated community and agency partners, I Can for Kids delivers child-friendly food packs to food insecure children in high-risk, low-income living environments during the summer months. Each of our food packs accounts for three meals and two snacks, providing a day or more of nutrition.
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, donors and volunteers, we provided 30,000 meals to hungry kids across the city last summer.
I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished, but there’s more work to do. The downturn in the economy has left even more parents struggling to put food on the table, many forced to make hard decisions between buying food or medicine, or paying for rent or electricity.
To meet the growing demand, our goal is to provide 36,000 meals this summer. But we need your help!
There’s many ways to support our work – make a donation, become a sponsor, choose I Can for Kids as a beneficiary of your event, or volunteer at our food pack assemblies.
However you choose to be involved, together we’ll help hungry kids get the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow throughout the summer, giving them a much better start to their school year.