After The Bell
Updated: Jul 26
About After the Bell:
Food Banks Canada’s goal is to deliver 175,000 healthy food packs to children in need this summer to over 190 communities
Summer is supposed to be a time when kids learn to dive at the community pool or soar to the sky on the swings at the local playground. But that’s really hard to do when you’re hungry. Thanks to Food Banks Canada and the generous After the Bell partners, we are helping change that!
In 2021, After the Bell delivered 150,000 healthy food packs to food banks across Canada with a focus on reaching communities of greatest need.
What’s in a pack?
Each healthy food pack contains child friendly, nutritious foods. The packs are assembled with shelf stable items such as hummus, crackers, granola bars, oatmeal, milk and sunflower seeds. The packs are then sent to the local food bank who uses grant money to supplement the food packs with perishable items such as apples, sugar snap peas, cheese, and yogurt.
Below is a photo of the Orangeville Food Bank “After The Bell Pack”. In addition we have been able to double our Kids Zone allocation for the entire summer, which provides cheese, fruit, vegetables, and yogurt to the children of our community.
About Food Banks Canada:
Food Banks Canada provides national leadership to relieve hunger today and prevent hunger tomorrow in collaboration with the food bank network from coast-to-coast-to-coast. For 40 years, food banks have been dedicated to helping Canadians living with food insecurity. Over 4,700 food banks and community agencies came together to serve our most vulnerable neighbours who, last year, made 1.3 million visits to these organizations in one month alone, according to Food Banks Canada’s HungerCount 2021 report.
Over the past 10 years, as a system Food Banks Canada has shared over 1.4 billion pounds of food and nearly $168 million in funding to help maximize the collective impact and strengthen local capacity while advocating for reducing the need for food banks.
Food Banks Canada’s vision is clear: create a Canada where no one goes hungry. Visit https://foodbankscanada.ca to learn more.