With one of Canada’s highest costs of living, many Lower Mainland families, even in those with two working parents, can’t afford to buy healthy food. When budgets are tight, families often turn to cheap food full of unhealthy sugar, salt and fat to fight hunger. Fresh produce and protein disappear from the menu. For the most vulnerable families – new immigrants, refugees and single mothers – it’s even tougher. Language and cultural barriers, lack of awareness of local food sources and access to community resources compound hunger.
Last year*, 1.5 million meals or snacks were served to kids, families and seniors through United Way community service providers. In 2014/15 alone, kids participating in our after school programs got 22,000 meals and 41,000 snacks! And that’s not all. The families we’re able to impact also have the opportunity for learning and community building through education programs about healthy eating, growing their own food, cooking and sharing nutritious meals. Healthy families and kids pay it forward helping to make our communities stronger and our societies better. (*United Way statistics 2014/15)
meals provided through after-school programs.
snacks provided at after-school programs.
kids get nutritious food and lifelong knowledge of how to eat well to be healthy.
When we work together,
amazing things are possible.
Help us raise $1 million so 181,818 kids get nutritious food and lifelong knowledge of how to eat well to be healthy. Your dollars count for so much!
feeds one child nutritious meals for one week.
means a child can participate in an edible garden project and build strong healthy eating habits.
feeds a single parent and her child nutritious meals for one month.
feeds a family of four nutritious meals for one month.