Over 5,000 children and youth count on school nutrition programs in Calgary, for some it may be their only meal of the day. When school isn't in, especially when the school year ends, many of them struggle to access the food they need to maintain healthy development over the break.
I Can for Kids has a fresh perspective on childhood hunger in our community. By working closely with our frontline agency partners and other local experts, we have developed a unique understanding of local kids’ evolving needs and a unique approach to meet their needs.
From June through August, I Can for Kids provides child-friendly non-perishable food packs, fresh fruit, and an array of other nutritious items to hungry kids where they live and play all summer long. We support low-income children, homeless youth, and young victims of domestic violence. We are thoughtful in our approach, committed to quality, and focused on giving kids better access to the food they need with a greater sense of dignity and belonging.
I Can for Kids is a local organization driven by local champions making a direct impact in our community. We are not a huge national organization. We are a grassroots movement mobilizing to help feed hungry kids.
Every donation stays in Calgary, helping thousands of kids in more than 50 communities across the city get the nutritional support they need to learn, play and grow during the summer break from school.
We work for impact.
I Can for Kids is locally founded, locally funded, and locally focused. Our kids-first, partner-powered model ensures every dollar donated goes further and goes where it is needed, feeding thousands of hungry kids in our community every summer. All kids deserve hope today and a chance for a better tomorrow.
In 2019, we supported over 24,000 kids. Donors can be confident that funds entrusted to I Can for Kids will impact thousands of young lives every year. We have been able to do this through the generosity of our funders, and due to our fiscal responsibility.
We are diligent in sourcing donated food, warehouse space, professional services, advertising, and other key resources to keep our administration costs low and program impact high. Gift in kind product and services accounted for nearly 40% of our annual budget in 2019.
I Can for Kids is able to reach thousands of hungry kids in Calgary thanks to the help of our trusted frontline agency and community partners. Seeing the effects of childhood hunger firsthand, our partners are eager to work with us to provide children and youth with nutritious meals and snacks all summer long. By building strong relationships in the community, we remain effective and responsive to what our kids need and how to alleviate the impact of hunger on their young lives.
- Bethany Chapel
- BowWest Community Resource Centre
- Calgary Housing Company
- Calgary Police Service
- Calgary Police Youth Foundation
- Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter
- Centre for Newcomers
- City of Calgary - Neighborhoods
- Closer to Home
- Community Kitchen Program of Calgary
- Connaught School
- Deer Park United Church
- Grace Presbyterian Church
- Hull Services – Patch Program
- Metis Calgary Family Services
- SE Calgary Community Resource Centre
- The Alex Youth Health Centre
- The Brenda Strafford Centre
- The Women's Centre of Calgary
- Umoja Community Mosaic (formerly Soccer Without Boundaries)
- Women In Need Society
- Wood’s Homes - EXIT Outreach
- Youth Centres of Calgary - Ogden
“The I Can for Kids program is a great addition to our home visitation model. With the program, we’re able to calm stressors so that we can focus on our targeted intervention.”
“I Can for Kids really benefits those children who are a part of families facing stressful decisions between paying for groceries or paying rent or other bills.”
“Having the I Can for Kids program allows our participants to come down and help themselves to healthy food without any shame. The children can pick out their fruit and it allows us to educate them on proper eating.”