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Surviving Back-to-School Season

Surviving Back-to-School Season
The start of a new school year can be an expensive time for parents — the cost of stationery, backpacks, electronics, and of course the season’s “must-have” fashions and sneakers really adds up.

Most parents look for ways to save on back to school items, but if you’re having a hard time simply putting food on the table, paying for a list of back-to-school items is an even bigger challenge.

Our research shows that more than 310,000 people helped by food banks are school-age children. These young people will most certainly feel the effects of their parents’ financial hardship as they head back to school this September. 

How you can help
When you’re out shopping for your child’s back-to-
school list, consider some of the ways you might be able to make September a little easier for struggling parents and their children.

1.     Give kid-friendly foods. If you usually donate food to your local food bank, be sure to include nutritious, child-friendly items. Perhaps buy double quantities of the foods your own kids enjoy in their school lunches or as after-school snacks, and give half to the food bank.

2.     Donate school supplies. Ask your food bank if they give out non-food items during the back-to-school season. Many provide items such as backpacks, school supplies, lunch bags, water bottles, and other school essentials to food bank recipients with children. Even if your food bank doesn’t, they may be able to direct you to another community organization that accepts donations.

3.     Involve your kids. This is a great time to educate your kids about hunger in Canada and how they can make a difference. Get them involved by selecting items they think other kids would like, then bring the kids along when you drop off the donation.

4.     Involve the whole school. Talk to your child’s teacher or to other parents about organizing a food drive at the school. It’s a great way to make a significant contribution to your community while getting the kids involved in charitable work. 


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of food distributed by Canadian food banks is fresh (eg. milk, eggs, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, bread)