Montreal, August 4, 2021 – Today, the Government of Canada revealed the details of a funding package to help fight food insecurity across the country. A total of $ 25 million will be allocated to Breakfast Club of Canada for the 2021-2022 school year as part of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Emergency Food Security Fund.
“The pandemic continues to have a significant impact on families, and children are among the most vulnerable to food insecurity,” explained Tommy Kulczyk, General Manager at Breakfast Club of Canada. “In Canada, nearly 2 million children are at risk of going to school hungry each morning. This announcement is very good news, and we are grateful to be receiving this emergency funding from the Government of Canada. It is certainly a step in the right direction. “
The one-time government funding announced this morning will be used to meet the urgent needs of the most vulnerable people over the coming months. Adapting to pandemic restrictions, the Club and its network of partners are offering even more innovative and collaborative food programs by working with schools and local organizations.
While these emergency funds will be used to support the breakfast programs currently in place, the demand is still growing. A large number of schools are still on the waiting list and attendance in already supported programs has increased significantly in the past year. The needs outpace the Club’s capacity to respond.
With the important support of the Government of Canada, financial partners and generous Canadians, the Club works every day to reach as many children as possible across the country. These funds will be very useful in providing emergency aid this year, but there is still much work to be done to ensure that hunger does not prevent any child from learning and succeeding.
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