Imagine waking up not knowing where your next meal will come from, or if you will even eat at all that day. Sadly, that is the reality for too many children in the Alberta Capital Region. In fact, 37,000 children right here in our community live in poverty. Each month, approximately 15,000 people receive support from local Food Banks – 40% are families with children.
Throughout the school year programs like the School Lunch Program ensure that over 2,100 receive a healthy lunch each and every day, so they don’t have to worry about their hunger and can concentrate on learning. However, have you ever thought about what happens to children when they aren’t in school, or over the summer months?
While some of us are enjoying time off or vacationing – thousands of families are struggling to put food on the table and pay the bills.
United Way supports more than 55 partners in the social service sector – all who care about lifting people out of poverty. Ensuring families have food is one important piece of the puzzle, when it comes to creating pathways out of poverty. Because we all know that it’s hard to concentrate on other things in life when we are hungry.
Wondering how you can help? This summer please consider supporting these United Way partner agencies or make a donation to United Way.
- While you sample a wide-variety of foods from around the world, you can help a local family put food on the table by donating a non-perishable food item to the Food Bank at the Edmonton Heritage Festival on August 3rd to 5th taking place at William Hawrelak Park. http://www.heritagefestival.com/programs/
Make a donation to Edmonton and area Food Banks year-round:
- Edmonton Food Bank donations can be made at any City of Edmonton fire station, major grocery store or at the main Food Bank warehouse located at 11508–120 Street. http://edmontonsfoodbank.com/donate/donating-food
- Leduc and District Food Bank, 4810-49th Ave, Leduc http://www.leducfoodbank.ca/
- St. Albert Food Bank, 50 Bellerose Drive, St Albert http://www.afbna.ca/st-albert/
- You can help provide healthy snacks to children over the summer months by supporting E4C’s Summer Snack Program. The Summer Snack Program provides snacks to children at various Edmonton Green Shack Playground Programs in July and August. The snack program runs across 28 neighbourhoods in the community. http://e4calberta.org/programs-services/nutrition-community/summer-snack/