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Introducing After the Bell!

Introducing After the Bell!
For most kids, summer is a time for freedom and fun, but for some children it can mean struggling with hunger. When school winds down for summer so do many of the breakfast and lunch programs that  ensure those kids that live with food insecurity get the food they need. 

Food Banks Canada’s new child hunger reduction program After the Bell provides kids experiencing food insecurity with packs of kid friendly, kid-sized meals.

This year,  kids in communities in Southwestern Ontario and Saskatchewan will get to enjoy their summer break thanks to more than 120 volunteers from 6 corporate partners. Over three days in May, they assembled thousands of special food packs for kids experiencing hunger this summer.

“In Saskatchewan where kids make up a staggering 45% of food bank users, programs like After the Bell, are helping to fill the gap we see when school-based nutrition programs are closed for the summer.”  Steve Compton, Executive Director, Regina Food Bank

Our great friends at Clover Leaf Seafoods Inc, Compass Group PepsiCo Canada, Kraft Heinz Canada and Walmart Canada, alongside program sponsors The French’s Food Company, provided more than 400 volunteer hours to ensure that over 13,000 kids will have access to nutritious food this summer.

Amongst the laughter and the friendly competition, the volunteers put in a hard day’s work. Building boxes for shipping, unpacking the crates of food, assembling the packs and stacking pallets. With more than 13,000 kids being helped this summer, the hard work was worth it.

"PepsiCo Canada’s partnership with Food Banks Canada enables us to focus on improving food access and security for Canadians. Volunteering with the After the Bell program gave our team an opportunity to join together and give back to those in need in the communities where we live and work.” Sheri Morgan, Manager Communications and Community Relations, PepsiCo Foods Canada

This is the first year of a growing program.  With plans to double the number of children impacted in the next year, Food Banks Canada will be looking to more of its corporate partners and friends to help make this program a continued success!

After the Bell is generously funded by The French’s Food Company and Kellogg’s Breakfast for Better Days, and Cargill Canada. Additional products were donated by Clover Leaf SeaFoods Inc. 

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