Canada-wide school closures in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic have turned children’s worlds upside down. The situation has also meant that 243,000 students no longer have access to their school breakfast program – not to mention the 1 million other young Canadians who live in food-insecure households and don’t have the benefit of a nutritious meal at school to get their morning off to a good start.
In response to this unprecedented crisis, we appealed to the generosity of our partners to help get healthy food to as many children across the country as possible through a specially created emergency fund.
One of the partners who has stepped up to the plate is Mitsubishi Motors Canada. They have graciously made three “community utility vehicles” available to schools and organizations in the BCC network to deliver food hampers to children and their families in Langley, B.C., Toronto, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec.
Our very own Josée Desjardins, Vice President, National Development and Federal Government Affairs, set out one April morning in Surrey in one off these new CUVs to pick up foodstuffs and gift cards from Save-On-Foods and bread from COBS Bread Bakery. The work we do at the Club is near and dear to the hearts of both of these valued partners.
Josée was delighted to drop off the donated goods to grateful staff members and volunteers, who then distributed them to hundreds of families in local school districts in Langley and Surrey.
Want a closer look at how the day unfolded? Click on the link below to watch the video!
On behalf of all the children on the receiving end of these acts of kindness, we thank Mitsubishi Motors Canada, Save-On-Foods, COBS Bread Bakery and all our other partners for their ongoing support during this challenging time.