*I Can for Kids Frequently Asked Questions – 2018
Who is I Can for Kids?
I Can for Kids Foundation Inc. is a local registered charity whose mission is to end summer childhood hunger in Calgary. In 2017, we provided over 36,000 meals to hungry kids in our city during the summer months.
How does hunger affect kids?
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?
Through a network of over 20 trusted frontline agency partners, I Can for Kids delivers child-friendly food packs, each accounting for three meals and two snacks to hungry kids in our community during the summer months. In addition to our food packs, we provide fresh fruit, peanut butter and other nutritious items to support growing minds and bodies.
Why is it important to support hungry kids?
School nutrition programs play a critical role in helping children build healthy minds and bodies. Sadly, the majority of low-income kids who depend on subsidized nutrition programs during the school year don’t have the same access to a free meal during the summer break. Rising food prices, increased child care costs over the summer, and back-to-school expenses make it increasingly difficult for parents to provide basic needs for their children. 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. I Can for Kids helps 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 4,000 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 by their teachers. Over the past year, Calgary school nutrition programs have seen up to a 25% 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 provided over 36,000 meals to hungry kids in Calgary last 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. We invite you to consider becoming a monthly donor, a corporate sponsor, hosting a FUNdraising event or peanut butter drive, or designating 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.
I Can for Kids food packs are thoughtfully designed to be kid-friendly, requiring little-to-no preparation. 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. We work closely with our agency partners and a registered dietician to select products that will be enjoyed by kids while offering nutritional value, variety and choice. Each I Can for Kids food pack feeds a child for a day or more. We supplement our food packs with peanut butter, fresh fruit and an assortment of other nutritious items when and where possible.
Will I receive a tax receipt for my donation?
Yes! I Can for Kids Foundation Inc. is a registered charity in good standing with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and issues official receipts for income tax purposes for qualified donations in accordance with CRA regulations. Our charitable registration number is 788073294RR0001.
Fundraising code of conduct and administration expenses
We appreciate and respect each and every donor who invests in our mission to ending summer childhood hunger in Calgary and abide by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Standards and Donors Bill of Rights. We are managed entirely by volunteers and we are very diligent in sourcing gift-in-kind products and services to support our mission. By doing so, we are able to keep our operating costs to a minimum, therefore maximizing the impact of our work. In 2017, our annual cost to raise a dollar was $.08, our administrative expenses were exceptionally low at 8.5%, and 82% of gross contributions directly supported our summer food program.
In 2018, we expect to raise $380,000 in charitable cash and gift in kind donations, estimating 81% of gross contributions directly benefiting our summer food program. Our cost to raise a dollar for our annual fundraising campaigns is $.08. Proceeds will be used where needed most unless otherwise designated by the donor. A tax receipt is issued for all qualified donations in accordance with CRA regulations.
I Can for Kids values your support and your privacy. Donor information is used to process donations – we do not rent, sell or trade your information to any third party.
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