Recently, I Can for Kids asked some of our supporters why they chose to help us put an end to summer hunger in Calgary. Their responses were revealing and thought provoking.
“These days there seems to be no end to the list of great organizations asking for support. We support some because the cause has touched us directly, and some others, like I Can For Kids, just because they make such good sense.” – Kent Fraser
Kent Fraser, a member of the Fish Creek Rotary Club, supported us with a personal contribution and had this to say, “I’d never thought about it before, but once I’d learned about the critical importance of food programs delivered through the schools, it was clear that a similar program is needed during the summer. The end of the school year should be one of the most exciting times of the year, with kids looking forward to a summer of fun and freedom.”
“I can’t imagine kids instead seeing the end of school as the start of two months of hunger,” added Kent. “It is great to know that we can help with just a few dollars. For just $5 I can fund a bag of food that will feed a kid for a whole day! I can even see the actual bag and its contents at the Save On Foods store. There aren’t a bunch of hidden costs, administration or complications. I like that it is exactly that easy to help in a very simple, clear, direct and tangible way.”
“I Can For Kids is beautifully simple.” – Kent Fraser
Tim Lane and Rachael Dykshoorn are partners in Calgary-based design and communications company, Aspen Point Productions Inc., and have supported us with their company’s design and online media expertise throughout our 2016 campaign. “When I met with Bobbi Turko (Sutton’s Mom) the passion she has for this project was immediately evident,” says Tim. “Her story about kids coming to the end of the school year with a summer of ‘missed meals’ ahead of them, and the further impacts of childhood hunger on learning and development were compelling.”
“We literally couldn’t wait to get started with helping to share this story with others,” added Rachael.
“I Can For Kids just made so much sense, we couldn’t wait to help anyway we could.” – Tim Lane
James Inglis, a father of two young children and store manager at Seton Save-On-Foods, never hesitates at an opportunity to support I Can for Kids, “There isn’t a neighbourhood in Calgary who hasn’t been affected by the downturn in the economy. To see the face of a hungry child breaks your heart. Save-On-Foods will do whatever we can to support the kids who need us most this summer. We wouldn’t have it any other way.”
“Save-On-Foods in Calgary has a heartfelt connection with I Can for Kids. This community needs programs like this one.” – James Inglis
We’d like to thank these supporters and so many others who have helped us with our campaign. Your help and encouragement throughout the year is greatly appreciated.
About I Can for Kids — Twelve-year-old Sutton Garner believes no child should go hungry, especially during the summer. It’s this belief, and her determination to make a difference that inspired I Can for Kids – a Calgary-based non-profit organization whose mission is to end summer childhood hunger in our community. Along with our dedicated agency partners, I Can for Kids delivers non-perishable, 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.
You can help end summer childhood hunger in our community. $5 feeds a hungry kid for a day and more.