Addressing Student Hunger in Our Region
Education is the foundation for a bright future, but sometimes in life, challenges get in the way. Hunger in schools continues to be a pervasive issue in the Alberta Capital Region. When families are struggling, they often lack funds or connections to get the help they need. This #NutritionMonth, we are shining a light on the work that is being done to ensure that students get the fuel they need to succeed in school through All in for Youth, a United Way initiative.
All in for Youth removes barriers to learning, helping students and families by providing wrap-around services right inside of schools to help students and families in need. One of the key supports provided includes the e4c school nutrition program which helps kids focus on learning instead of an empty stomach.
A United Way partner that is helping to address this challenge recently received the Significant Employee Fund award at our annual Red Tie Gala Awards of Distinction. The Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund (ECECAF) , on behalf of its more than 11,000 members, invested $335,000 in the e4c school nutrition program in 2018, supporting five All in for Youth schools – more than 2,200 children.
The Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund and United Way were both founded in 1941 and have each built strong connections and a history of doing great work together in our community. The work that United Way does to address hunger in our community would not be possible without partners like ECECAF.