Strathmore Sobey’s is participating in the charity initiative Toonies for Tummies. Owner of Strathmore Sobey’s Niel Kennedy explains that Toonies for Tummies is a national charity that works with several grocery chains that set aside two weeks a year to raise money to help buy children a healthy breakfast.
“The best part of this organization is that 100 per cent of the donations stay in our community. All of our funds go towards Hope Community Covenant Church which runs a program called School Fuel and they provide free breakfast and nutritional snacks in the morning for children that are in need.”
School Fuel focuses on the fact that when a child goes to school hungry their energy, concentration, creativity, and behavior are all affected.
School Fuel Coordinator Brandi Bobee explains that they are currently feeding approximately 320 kids in the community a healthy breakfast.
“Currently we are providing breakfast for all the elementary schools, junior high, high school, and the Storefront school. Just not the Catholic schools or Trinitiy but every other school in town.”
These charities are both through the Breakfast Club of Canada which makes sure that all children go to school with a full tummy and have reliable access to nutritious food in a safe and supportive environment in order to positively impact health and learning.
Kennedy explained that the volunteers that help with School Fuel normally go, and they bake muffins for an entire day, and that there are also volunteers that help distribute the food.
“We (Strathmore Sobey’s) give a discount on some of the most popular items that they buy. They got a few stable items that they come back for every week.”
Things like fresh fruit, cheese, cheese strings, and the ingredients of the muffins that they make, Kennedy explained.
For more information about Toonies for Tummies visit groceryfoundation.com and for more information on School Fuel or to sign up to volunteer visit email@example.com or call the church at 403-934-2424.
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