*I Can for Kids Frequently Asked Questions – 2017
Who is I Can for Kids?
I Can for Kids is a local registered charity whose mission is to end summer childhood hunger in Calgary. In 2016, we provided over 30,000 meals to hungry kids in our city.
How does hunger affect kids?
Childhood is a critical time for safe and healthy human development. Children have special characteristics and needs for healthy development and nutrition is vital to their success. Hungry kids are more likely to experience serious short- and long-term health issues, developmental delays, and social, behavioral and emotional problems. Childhood hunger has even been linked to significant health problems in adulthood. Learn more at The Effects of Childhood Hunger are Devastating.
How does I Can for Kids help hungry kids during the summer?
I Can for Kids along with our partner agencies delivers child-friendly food packs, each containing three meals and two snacks, to food insecure children in high-risk, low-income living environments during the summer months. In addition to our food packs, we provide fresh fruit and peanut butter.
Why is it important to support hungry kids?
Healthy kids learn better. If kids aren’t eating, they aren’t learning. That’s why school nutrition programs play a critical role in helping children build healthy minds and bodies. But the majority of low-income kids who depend on subsidized nutrition programs during the school year do not have the same access to a free meal during the summer break. Parents already struggling to make ends meet are challenged to find the additional funds needed to provide adequate nutrition for their kids over the summer months. It can be a desperate feeling for many. Missing out on necessary nutrition during the summer can delay a child’s academic performance by up to two months at the start of the school year. There are many stressors in children’s lives today, we can help ease their worries by providing nutritional support at a time when few options exist.
How many kids need help?
There’s no way to really know how many hungry kids need our help. No one agency can keep track and, for a number of reasons, many hungry households do not report as food insecure. But what we do know, is that over 3,500 Calgary kids rely on school nutrition programs every day, with many more who don’t access food programs, or are provided food in their classrooms from teachers. Over the past year, Calgary school nutrition programs have seen up to a 30% increase in children needing support, a crucial indicator of the number of kids who will need food supports during the summer. With the help of our generous supporters, I Can for Kids hopes to provide 36,000 meals to hungry kids in Calgary this summer.
How can I support I Can for Kids?
There are many ways to join us in the fight to end summer childhood hunger. $5 I Can for Kids food packs are available for purchase at every Calgary Save On Foods store during the month of May, or you can donate online anytime at www.icanforkids.ca. Become a corporate sponsor, host a FUNdraising event, or designate I Can for Kids as beneficiary of your company, team, community or club event. Learn more about how you can get involved by visiting Get Involved. Your support could make all the difference.
What’s in an I Can for Kids food pack?
I Can for Kids food packs are designed to be kid-friendly and easy to prepare. We are mindful that our food pack contents need to be healthful choices and the selection nutritionally balanced to support children’s developing minds and bodies in the best way possible. We work closely with our agency partners and a nutritionist to select products that will be enjoyed by kids while offering nutritional value, variety and choice. Each food pack feeds a child for a day or more.
Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?
Yes! I Can for Kids Foundation is a registered charity in good standing with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and issues official receipts for income tax purposes in accordance with CRA regulations. Our charitable registration number is 788073294RR0001.
Managed entirely by volunteers and through the generosity of our compassionate community partners who donate their time, talent and treasure, I Can for Kids is able to dedicate 100% of funding to support our mission.
I Can for Kids values your support and your privacy. We do not sell, rent or share your contact information to any third party.
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