Food Finder YYC is a group of organizations creatively working together to feed hungry kids during the summer months.
Hunger doesn’t take a summer break, and last summer, the Food Finder YYC partners came together to create a new service for kids and teens to access healthy food over the summer months. Now in its second year, Food Finder YYC has more access points across the city where hungry children can receive meals and snacks as needed. Agency partners include Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK), I Can for Kids, Hope Mission, NSTEP, Boys and Girls Clubs (BGCC), and the Calgary Food Bank. Community partners like Holy Grill and Jerome’s Appliance Gallery are providing food for kids, and YMCA, Vivo, and the Southland Leisure Centre have taken action by serving as distribution sites.
The BB4CK Kitchen is open during the summer and volunteers are creating and delivering lunches to sites across the city. Tanya Koshowski, BB4CK Executive Director shares that “BB4CK is honoured to lead Food Finder as part of the solution to feeding hungry kids throughout the year. Calgarians continue to take action and care for children in ways that inspire us all.”
Monica Ryan at Vivo shared in a CTV interview (below) the impact of having lunches available at their location, “if you are hungry and you need a lunch we’re not there to question you or determine if you are deserving of a lunch, we’re there to say we’re here and we have a lunch for you, because of Brown Bagging. We’re happy just to be here.”
“We know there are a lot of families in need who rely on service agencies and their school for meals. We hope that Food Finder YYC will connect those hungry kids and youth to the meals they need each day during the summer,” says Rev. Kelly Row at Hope Mission. This collaborative of people and organizations working together to feed kids is bringing food right to the neighbourhoods of the children who need it most. Kids and teens can text “food” to 587-318-0232 or visit foodfinderyyc.com to see a full map of locations where they can access food near to them.
To get involved and help ensure Calgary kids have a hunger free summer please visit bb4ck.org/donate-now to support Food Finder YYC.
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