Fight Summer Hunger and Feed Families in Edmonton

The Cause

Edmonton's Food Bank does its best to make sure families and children have an adequate supply of nutritious food. Summer can be a difficult time for those who struggle with food insecurity, especially for children who don't have access to snack programs that are offered throughout the school year.

Food Banks Canada will be providing Edmonton's Food Bank with 5,256 snack packs to provide to children throughout the summer months. This food is appreciated and much needed in the community. While feeding a child is always a good thing, leaving the parents hungry or without adequate nutrition can have a negative impact on the entire family. We want to help each family who accesses the Food Hamper Program this August by supplementing these snack packs with a jar of Peanut Butter.

Mental, emotional and physical wellness can often be attributed to a healthy, well balanced diet. Peanut butter is rich in protein that is necessary for the body to function properly. Protein is vital in maintaining healthy skin, muscles, bones and blood. Our goal is to create a lasting positive impact on families in Edmonton and work toward our vision: "...a community where all citizens have access to an adequate and nutritious supply of food."

Edmonton's Food Bank serves more than 22,000 people through its hamper program each month, nearly 40 per cent of which, are children under the age of 18. This number does not include the thousands of hungry individuals and families who receive food through community meals & food programs, soup kitchens and school snack programs across the city. Edmonton's Food Bank does not receive any core government funding and relies primarily on food and monetary donations.

Who Will it Benefit?

This funding will directly benefit 7,287 families in Edmonton who utilize Edmonton’s Food Bank Hamper Program during August of 2018.

This project is intended to alleviate some of the hardships children face by offering their families protein-rich food that benefits children both directly (by feeding the children) as well as indirectly (by feeding the parents). This does more than just fill people’s bellies; it provides people with the resources to empower them out of their situation so they no longer require Food Bank services. We see adequate nutrition as a crucial step in the right direction.